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OMARIANA, the digital news bulletin, has been issued now for about thirteen years. It started as a traditional, printed bulletin, and it was sent to subscribers by traditional mail. After a few years it went digital and found its way to readers as a pdf-document, sent by e-mail.
Now the time has come to take a further step into the electronic universe: from now on Omariana will continue as a weblog.
Here you will find the usual information on new books and translations, articles on Omar Khayyám related matters and other relevant news. And of course you are welcome to register as follower.

At the same time there will be some changes regarding this website. The plan is to convert this site into what you might call a reference guide, with more emphasis on bibliographic details and on secondary literature on Omar and the Rubáiyát.
This implies that news and other actual information will move from this website to Omariana.

Another change will be the further development of a website on Omar Khayyám in the Netherlands. Here we will concentrate on Dutch translations, editions and studies, and on actual information regarding Dutch events, manifestations etcetera.
As a result the present pages on the Netherlands will be moved to this new website.

The rubáiyát have always been subject of serious study and research, resulting in better understanding and at the same time in more questions. Some of these questions have been answered not by scientific approach but by religious or philosophical interpretation. Some of them were very popular in their time and some have fallen into obscurity.
In a series of three articles Bob Forrest comments on a variety of what he calls 'Omariana Eccentrica'. The first part, posted earlier on this website, deals with such works as by Paramhansa Yogananda, J.S.Pattinson, and 'Tis True (Robert J. R. Brown). The second part discusses The Testament of Omar Khayyam by Louis C. Alexander, and in part three we learn about Dr. Otoman Zar-Adust Ha'nish and his Omar Khayyam in his Rubaiyat.

The Omar Khayyam Club of London now have their own website. The site has only recently been published, and still has to be filled with content, but the first impression is promising. Visit the site at: www.omar-khayyam-club.com

In his recent article on Omariana Eccentrica - part 1, Bob Forrest discussed the strange and rare volume, entitled ‘Life’s Echoes’, which contains Rubáiyát by Khayyam and FitzGerald. In response, Garry Garrard has provided some clarification, particularly regarding the identity and career of the compiler of the book, who goes under the pseudonym of ‘Tis True. Garrard's comments can now be read on the Omar Khayyam Rubaiyat blog.

A new issue of Omariana [992 KB] is now available: vol. 12, nr 1 Spring (2013).
In this edition of Omariana Bob Forrest comments on a number of rather eccentric books relating to the Rubáiyát, and Johan ter Haar wonders whether Christopher Hitchens was right when he pulled Khayyam into the atheists’ camp. And, as always, new books and other interesting material.

The Rubáïyát of Omar Khayyám. Translated by Edward FitzGerald. Introduced and read by Peter Greenhalgh. With illustrations by René Bull, Gilbert James and E.J. Sullivan. Southfleet, English Speech and Pronunciation, 2012.

This edition includes a cd-rom with the spoken version of FitzGerald's first edition, read by Peter Greenhalgh.
Order this book at: http://www.speechandpronunciation.com/audioBooks.html

Die Algebra des Omar Chayyam. Sebastian Linden. München, Edition Avicenna, 2012. 326 p. ISBN: 978-3-941913-103
€ 24,90

This study explores Omar Khayyám's algebra, and the social and scientific conditions and circumstances of his days. Two of Khayyám's treatises are presented in German, followed by comments on the texts.

Omar and the Pre-Raphaelites, by Bob Forrest.

The story of the 'discovery' of The Rubaiyat by the Pre-Raphaelites, and the enthusiasm it inspired in the likes of Rossetti, Swinburne, Burne-Jones and Morris is too well known to need repeating here. Yet, despite their enthusiasm, it surprises me how little of their work was directly inspired by Omar.
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Omar Khayyam. 119 kwatrijnen vertaald en berijmd door Ewoud Bon. Barneveld, Boekenbent, 2011. 127 p.
ISBN 97890-8570-908-4

Translation into Dutch from FitzGerald, and a number of English, German and French versions.

To order this book: http://shop.boekenbent.com/product_info.php?products_id=627

Hedayat in Dutch translation

Liederen van Khayyam. Sadegh Hedayat ; vertaalwerk [uit het Perzisch en aant.]: Ali Soleimani. Drachten, Het Talenhuis, 2013. 350 p.
ISBN: 978-90-78660-21-7

Hommage aan de 110e geboortedag van Sadegh Hedayat, 17 februari 1903, Teheran, Iran.
Translation of: Taraneh-haye Khayyam

To order this book: http://www.talenhuis.com/boeken/lied/lied.htm

Omar Khayyam virtual exhibition

The year 2009 marked the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of the English poet Edward FitzGerald, and the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the first version of his poem The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. For the Bodleian Library (Oxford, UK) this was occasion to display three items from its holdings which illustrate the development of this celebrated work of English literature: The Ouseley MS 140, a transcript by FitzGerald from the copy that E.B. Cowell made from the Ouseley MS, and FitzGerald's first edition of 1859.

Visit the exhibition following this link: http://www.odl.ox.ac.uk/digitalimagelibrary/oriental_exhibition.html

Folio Society

After the limited edition in 2009 of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Folio Society publishes a new edition. It is based on the 2009 deluxe version, including the introduction by S. Byatt and the illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat, but in a smaller size, and a more comfortable prize of £ 80.00.

Illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat
Quarter-bound in leather with crushed silk sides.
72 pages.
16 colour illustrations.
Book size: 11¾" × 8¾".

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The Great 'Umar Khayyam

"The Great 'Umar Khayyám: A Global Reception of the Rubáiyát" has been published last month.

The book The Great ’Umar Khayyam, which consists of 18 essays about Khayyam’s influence, shows that traces of Khayyam can be found throughout Western literature and culture. Dutch poets such as Leopold and Boutens were inspired by him, for instance, but the quatrains also made their mark in 20th century painting and music. Seyed-Gohrab: ‘The Rubáiyát has even been applied in politics. The Russian president Putin cited Khayyam as his favourite poet. Immediately, a selection of Putin’s favourite quatrains was published, which was also translated into Iranian. The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs didn’t want to get left behind and published his own volume, which was again translated into Russian. As such, Khayyam was used as a vehicle for communication and rapprochement. I don’t know a single non-European from the Middle Ages with such a level of influence.’

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The volume is the result of a two days conference held in Leiden, July 2009, as part of a number of events that took place to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Edward FitzGerald's first version of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám and the transaltor's 200th birthday.

Asghar Seyed-Gohrab (Ed.)
The Great Omar Khayyam – A Global Reception Of The Rubáiyát.
Leiden University Press, 2012. 288 p.
ISBN: 978-908-72-8157-1
Price: € 44,95

Open Then The Door

Playwright/director, Christopher Jacobs, and composer, Dr. John Sharpley have produced what they believe to be an exciting new theatrical form, through the fusion of grand opera, physical theatre, illusionism, and dance. This new work, entitled “Open Then The Door”, they define as a musico-dramatico fantasy based on The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyàm, as translated by Edward FitzGerald, presents fictional possibilities in FitzGerald’s emotional and intellectual journey in creating his translation, in which one witnesses Omar Khayyam and his world as a construct in the mind of FitzGerald as he imagines Omar may have lived and struggled to rationalise it, set against the world in which FitzGerald lived and may also have struggled to rationalise.
For this project additional collaborators are wanted … collaborators with the vision and courage to help guide and lead the work to its successful production and presentation on the international stage. Contact Chris on stagesense@gmail.com. See also: Christopher Jacobs <www.stagesense.com>, John Sharpley <www.johnsharpley.com>

Hans Warren

The Avalon Pers printed a selection of twelve quatrains (in Dutch) by Hans Warren, in a limited edition of 25 copies.

Khadim Hashmi

Prof. Khadim Ali Hashmi informs us of his translation of Khayyám's Algebra in Urdu: "Omar Khayyam ka Algebra", ”[عمرخیام کا الجبرا], published by The National Language Authority (Muqtadira Qaumi Zuban), Islamabad (Pakistan), 2003. This is the first ever translation of Khayyam’s Algebra in Urdu language. The book also contains a brief review of the life, work and poetry of Omar Khayyam.
Forthcoming is a comprehensive book on Omar Khayyam:
"دانشِ مشرق" (Danesh-e-Mashriq), in Urdu by Prof. Khadim Ali Hashmi, to be published from Lahore, Pakistan. The author can be contacted at: khadim.hashmi@gmail.com

A Rubáiyát performance

Canadian actor David Calderisi has produced a CD of his Rubáiyát performance, with music by Kousha Nakhaei on the kamancheh, a traditional Persian stringed instrument. The presentation tells the story of how the poem came to be written; and what it went on to become — the most widely-published poem in the English language. Then follows a performance of the poem in the character of the old Persian sage, speaking to his young lover, in a secluded place, on the first day of Spring, almost a thousand years ago.
Together with the CD comes a handsome booklet containing the text. It can be ordered from Calderisi’s website: http://www.okdac.net/. Price: $ 15.00 CND plus handling and shipping.

New issue of Omariana

The new issue of Omariana [1.650 KB] is now available: Vol. 11, Nr. 2 of 2012

The Great 'Umar Khayyám

"The Great 'Umar Khayyám: A Global Reception of the Rubáiyát" will appear at the beginning of September 2012. In cooperation with Leiden University Press and Amsterdam University Press, there will be a book launch on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 in Spui 25, Amsterdam, from 19.00 to 21.00.

The book launch consists of poetry recitation in Persian and Dutch (translated by J.T.P. de Bruijn), followed by lectures delivered by Jos Biegstraaten, Rokus de Groot and Michiel Leezenberg.

Read the invitation flyer [584 KB] (in Dutch)

The Omarian meditations of C.F. Volney

C.F. Volney

The Omarian meditations of C.F. Volney. By Bob Forrest
In his book "Ruins: or Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires" (1791) C.F. Volney contemplates on the derelict state of the once great city of Palmyra. His thoughts are strikingly echoed in FitzGerald's verse 16, with its transient procession of "Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp", and his verse17, with its ruins inhabited by the Lion and the Lizard.

Liber Amoricum Jos Biegstraaten

Jaarboek 6 - Liber Amicorum voor Jos Biegstraaten. Uitgegeven ter gelegenheid van het twintigjarig voorzitterschap van het Nederlands Omar Khayyám Genootschap. Woubrugge, Avalon Pers, 2012.

Infinite transformation

databases on the Rubaiyat

Martin & Mason databases on the Rubaiyat now accessible
Over the past ten years Bill Martin and Sandra Mason have created a number of digital databases relating to the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyámand its publication. These databases, which provide information that is searchable on a variety of fields, are now available for researchers to access, via the DSpace service of the University Library in Cambridge. The databases can be viewed via the following link http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/242254.
The material covers five areas: published versions of the Rubáiyát (all languages); editions; reference works dealing with the Rubáiyát; musical works relating to the Rubáiyát; manuscripts of the Rubáiyát. More information is available via the link above and/or directly from sandrabill@omarkhayyamrubaiyat.com.

A selection of recently added content

December 2013. Announcement of major changes concerning the Omariana bulletin as a weblog, changes regarding this website, and a new website on Omar Khayyam in the Netherlands. Also two more articles on Omariana Eccentrica were published: part 2 and part 3.
June, 2013. Two articles were published: Omariana Eccentrica - part 1, by Bob Forrest, and Omar Khayyam: food for atheists by Johan ter Haar. Two new books were added: a German study on Khayyám's algebra, and a spoken version of FitzGerald's first edition. Also, in the English translations section the chapter on Eben Frances Thompson is updated.
March, 2013. Omar and the Pre-Raphaelites. The Pre-Raphaelites were strongly influenced by the Rubaiyat, but Bob Forrest is surprised how little of their work, despite their enthusiasm, was directly inspired by Omar.
February 2013
. Full text versions were added of the edition by John Payne, C.J. Pickering, Arthur B. Talbot and E.K. Cutter (English). Also two recent translations into Dutch were listed: Ewoud Bon and Ali Soleimani.
December 2012. Full text versions were added of the editions of E.A. Johnson (Johnson Pasha) and A. Guiterman (English)
November 2012. Full text versions were added of the editions of H.G. Preconi (German), J.H. Hallard (French), R.W. Whitney (English) and M.A. Varesi (English)
September 1, 2012: RSS feeds are now available for the chapter on Latest, and on (new) Translations (See Archives)
September, 2012: some reorganisation of content.
August 31, 2012: A new issue of Omariana, vol. 11, nr. 2 [1.650 KB]
August, 2012: The Omarian meditations of C.F. Volney, by Bob Forrest
July 8, 2012: The full text version of the translation by Jules de Marthold (1842-1927) was added in the section on French translators
February 25, 2012: A new issue of Omariana, vol. 11, nr. 1 [920 KB]
January 3, 2012: Audiofiles, recorded for LibriVox, were added to various translations.
December 31, 2011: Three new editions were listed, published or to be published in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
December 18, 2011: The full text version of the translation by Jose Castellot (1918) was added in the section on Spanish translators
December 17, 2011: The full text versions of the translations by John Leslie Garner (1888 and 1898) were added in the section on English translators
November 7, 2011: A list of translations, including full text versions, by Richard Le Gallienne, was added. See the section on English translators
November 5, 2011: A full text version of the translation (1902) of the Bodleian verses, by Charles Grolleau was added, as well as his translation (1917), into French of the 75 quatrains from FitzGerald's first edition. See the section on French translators
October 31, 2011: A pdf-version of the French translation by C. Anet and Mirza Muhammad, was added to the site. See the section on French translators

Last update 15-5-2015 at 15:07