Conference on Nezami seeks to improve Persian studies

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Mikail Jamalpur added that the conference also plans to familiarize the world with Persian culture through the language of Nezami, the romantic epic poet in Persian literature.

The place of Persian culture in Nezami’s poetry and the position of Islamic jurisprudence in his poems are among the topics scheduled to be discussed at the one-day conference, which will be held at the Moallem Hall of the northwestern Iranian city on Sunday.

Subjects such as learning and training, the ideal man through the eyes of Nezami, his poetic style and ethnography in his works will also be scrutinized at the conference, which will be organized by the Education Office of East Azarbaijan Province.

Nezami Ganjavi (c. 1141-1209 CE) is mostly known for “Khamseh”, two copies of which that are kept in Iran were inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register list in 2011.

“Khamseh” is a pentalogy of poems written in Masnavi verse form (rhymed couplets) and totals 30,000 couplets. 

These five poems include the didactic work Makhzan ol-Asrar (The Treasury of Mysteries); the three traditional love stories of Khosrow and Shirin, Leili and Majnun, and Haft Paykar; and the Eskandar-nameh, which records the adventures of Alexander the Great.

There are various versions of “Khamseh” in Iranian libraries, but the two versions kept at the Central Library of the University of Tehran and the library of the Shahid Motahhari School and Mosque in Tehran are the ones that were registered by UNESCO.

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