News ID: 113227
Published: 0727 GMT March 06, 2015

75 nations eying Khayyam photo festival

75 nations eying Khayyam photo festival

A total of 2,800 photographers from 75 countries have submitted their works to the Second Khayyam International Photo Festival.

According to IRNA, the festival focuses on the renowned Persian polymath Omar Khayyam. The photos will be in four main categories: color, black and white, creative and journey.

The event will be organized by International Federation of Photographic Art in cooperation with Culture Ministry.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for March 9 at Tehran's Milad Tower.

Khayyam is recognized worldwide as one of the most wildly acclaimed Persian poets and astronomers. He was popularized in the West through the translation of his magnum opus 'Rubaiyat'.

Khayyam's fame as a poet has caused some to ignore his scientific achievements, which are significant. His contributions to mathematics include his Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra, which gives a geometric method for solving cubic equations by allowing a hyperbola to intersect a circle.

Khayyam was also the chief contributor to the Jalali calendar, the predecessor to the current Iranian calendar. It is believed to have been introduced on March 15, 1079 by Seljuk Sultan Jalal al-Din Malik Shah I, based on Khayyam's recommendations.

In Persian speaking countries, Khayyam has had an impact on literature and societies through the translation of his works and popularization by other scholars.

Among English-speaking countries Scholars; Edward FitzGerald (1809-83), who was the most influential, introduced Khayyam to the West by translating his quatrains.

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