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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam (d 1123) wrote the original verses that were later published in English as the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

He became one of the most famous of all Persian poets outside Iran when Edward FitzGerald translated quatrains from a manuscript in the collection of the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford in the 19th century.

In his home city of Nishapur in eastern Iran, Khayyam had been better known as a high-ranking astronomer and mathematician, rather than for the brief, and sometimes witty, epigrams he penned in the manner of pre-Islamic folk poetry.

Love & devotion in the UK

The Bodleian Libraries is showing its own presentation of the Love and devotion exhibition at the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England, between 29 November 2012 and 28 April 2013.

Learn more about how you can visit this exhibition on the Bodleian Libraries website.


Love and devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads

This two-day conference held in April 2012 featured distinguished international guests and Australian specialists exploring cultural convergences in literature, the arts and architecture, history and philosophy within Persia's cultural sphere and Europe, from the 11th century to the present day.

For information on keynote speakers & topics discussed, visit our conference page

Visit the exhibition

The Love and devotion exhibition took place from 9 March to 1 July 2012. In-depth information about the exhibits and themes can be found on this website.

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