News ID: 291559
Published: 0223 GMT March 13, 2021

Pakistan commemorates Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi

Pakistan commemorates Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi

Arts & Culture Desk

A literary conference was held in Karachi, Pakistan to commemorate the prominent and well-known Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi (c. 1141-1209 CE).

The conference was held at the Cultural Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran, or Khana-e-Farhang, in Karachi and was attended by Bahram Kian, director of the center in Karachi and other literary figures, IRNA reported.

Speaking about Eid al-Mab’ath, which marks the appointment of Muhammad bin Abdullah as the prophet of Islam in the seventh century, and congratulating Muslims on this religious occasion, Kian said that Nizami was among poets who wrote several poems about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Kian said that poetry culminated with Nizami and could not be repeated. Eloquence, the strength of language, the power of imagination, and the ingenious and accurate descriptions have been an example and inspiration to others for almost eight centuries. However, the literary works and mystical character of this great poet are not yet known to the public, and holding such programs is necessary to get to know this great sage better.

Nizami, who was born in Ganja, Republic of Azerbaijan, made an invaluable contribution to the history of not only Persian poetry, but also world literature.  

He is mostly known for ‘Khamseh,’ two copies of which are kept in Iran, and was 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) totaling 30,000 couplets.

It reflects not only the poet’s high skill, but also his ethical and philosophical views.

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

There are various copies of ‘Khamseh’ in Iranian libraries, but the two versions maintained at the Central Library of Tehran University and the library of Shahid Motahhari School and Mosque in Tehran are registered by UNESCO.



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