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New edition of Omariana available

May 22, 2017


A new edition of Omariana, the newsletter produced by Jos Coumans, Secretary of the Netherlands Omar Khayyam Society, is now available.  This is an invaluable compendium of what is new in Khayyam and Rubaiyat studies, and it gives information on forthcoming events and new translations, books, articles and more.  You can subscribe to received successive editions by e-mail.  Just go to , and fill in the form with your details.

Issue number 3 of Spring 2017 contains more information about the programme for the forthcoming Omar Khayyam Research Day being held in Leiden on Saturday 27th May, as well as details of a variety of interesting recently published material.

An item that caught our eyes is an article by Professor Juan Cole entitled The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and Muslim secularism (Studies in People’s History, 3 (2016), Nr. 2, pp. 138-150).*  We are grateful to another Rubaiyat colleague who simultaneously sent us a copy of this paper.  The author discusses possible reasons for the production of collections of verses under the name of Omar Khayyam from the mediaeval period onwards, linking them with elements of Muslim scepticism developing over the period and subsequently.  The new Omariana also contains details of a novel based on the life of Omar Khayyam (currently in German) and a catalogue of audio material which contains various recordings of the Rubaiyat in different translations.

*See for more information.

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