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The Dutch Omar Khayyam Society celebrates 25 years of existence

May 29, 2015

dutchoklogoOn 30th May 2015 Het Nederlandse Omar Khayyám Genootschap (the Dutch Omar Khayyam Society) will celebrate its 25 years of existence. On behalf of all our blog readers, we send the Society and its members our heartfelt congratulations on this special occasion. .

The event will be marked on Saturday in Leiden in the Netherlands. There will be a small congress, with a reading by a guest, and some readings from Khayyám’s quatrains in Persian and Dutch. A new issue of the Society’s Yearbook will be presented; this contains contributions by the members in which they look back and reflect on their membership, or on why they have become a member anyway. In the evening there will be a celebratory dinner.

Since its foundation in 1990, the Dutch Omar Khayyam Society has played an important role in furthering the study of Khayyam and the Rubaiyat and in bringing awareness of the richness and fascination of these subjects to a wider public. As well as holding biennial meetings for its members, the Society has published Yearbooks and other works, and organised several exhibitions relating to the Rubaiyat. It was particularly active in contributing to the celebrations in the anniversary year of 2009. One of the features of the Dutch Society is that it has bridged the gap that sometimes exists between academics and so-called ‘independent researchers’ and Rubaiyat enthusiasts, providing a valuable forum for many useful exchanges.

The Dutch Omar Khayyam Society has for many years published a Bulletin Omariana which has been a useful source of comment and information on Khayyam and Rubaiyat matters. Initially in print form, Omariana then became available via a web site http://www.omarkhayyamnederland.com/, and laterly it has taken the form of a blog: http://omariana.nl/. Both sites are very worthwhile consulting. People who would like to make contact with the Society and its secretary Jos Coumans, or to send their own congratulation on the 25th anniversary, can do so either via the Omariana website, or through a comment on this blog post.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Green Len permalink
    May 31, 2015 7:14 am

    Hearty congratulations to the Dutch Omar Khayyam Society on its 25th anniversary. it is indeed the world leader in Omariana and Omarians all over are eternally grateful for its contributions.

  2. June 2, 2015 7:24 pm

    Thanks, for all these kind words. After 25 years there is still energy and inspiration to keep the good work going, thanks to all of you. We are not alone: together with the owners, authors and readers of this wonderful website, we try to keep Omar’s heritage alive as a source of reflection, consolation, and most of all delight.

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