News ID: 118214
Published: 0727 GMT May 17, 2015

Khayyam commemoration from Tous to Neishabour

Khayyam commemoration from Tous to Neishabour

An international congress 'From Tous to Neishabour' will be held today in Neishabour, Khorasan Razavi province to mark May 18, known as the National Khayyam Day.


Poets and literati from Persian-speaking countries will gather at the mausoleum of the great Persian polymath Omar Khayyam in Neishabour to lecture and exchange views on the eminent scholar.

Specialized workshops, poetry sessions, music performance as well as a photo exhibition will be held on the sidelines.

Born in Neishabour in 1048, Omar Khayyam was an Iranian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and poet, who is also famed for his treatises on mechanics, geography, music and Islamic theology.

He is the author of one of the most important treatises on algebra 'Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra' (1070), which includes a geometric method for solving cubic equations by intersecting a hyperbola with a circle.

He also contributed 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.

However, Khayyam is primarily known to the world through the translation of a collection of his 'Rubaiyat' ('Quatrains') by the English writer Edward FitzGerald.

Khayyam died in 1131 and was laid to rest in the Khayyam Garden in Neishabour.

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