The Wine of Wisdom: The Life, Poetry and Philosophy of Omar by Mehdi Aminrazavi

By Mehdi Aminrazavi

Nourished through an admiration of Khayyam that has been with him given that formative years, Aminrazavi's complete new biography reintroduces the determine of Khayyam, and his nice achievements, to the Western international. mixing a readable and available narrative with scholarly ambition and years of analysis, Aminrazavi's paintings covers not just Khayyam's recognized poetry, but additionally his impressive lifestyles, his ignored philosophical writings and the influence of his paintings within the West. It includes a number of aiding fabric, together with unique translations and the total textual content of Fitzgerald's Rubaiyyat, and may end up a fantastic biography if you need to know extra in regards to the poets encouraged by way of Rumi.

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This treatise ends with an Avicennian discussion on incorporeal substances, celestial spheres and their relationship to angels. ı¯ of the Fa¯rs province in 473/1082, wrote a letter to Khayyam questioning the mystery of Divine wisdom for the creation of man and religious obligations. akı¯m ... ı¯ Nasawı¯43 and composes this treatise in which he states at the beginning that the question of “being” and “necessity” are among the most perplexing philosophical questions. He argues that the fundamental questions in philosophy are of three types.

As will be seen, Khayyam was a controversial figure even in his own time, and there were ambiguities regarding his faith. But he also seemed to enjoy a high degree of respect in his community, which would not have been possible had he been branded as a heretic. The oldest source in which Omar Khayyam is mentioned is a let¯ dam, also known as Sana¯’ı¯ ter which Abu¯’l Majd Majdud ibn A 5 Ghaznavı¯, wrote to Khayyam from Herat asking for his intervention regarding a misunderstanding. An account of the story has been included in the previous chapter, and the letter itself is among the most beautiful examples of Persian literature.

Khayyam was asked to assist the villagers whom he asked to make two large, clay hawks which they placed in strategic locations with a number of dead birds surrounding them. The birds migrated from the village at once. Whereas the authenticity of these stories can always be questioned, they do bear testament to the power of his intellect as perceived by his students and the people. These are stories which no doubt have contributed to the creation of a legendary figure. The unverifiable nature of these stories also makes scholarship about him rather difficult since one can neither simply dismiss all of them as false nor can one verify their sources.

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