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Jos Biegstraaten 1944-2018

March 28, 2018

We have just received the very sad news of the death of our dear friend and colleague Jos Biegstraaten.   Jos was a prime mover in the foundation of the Netherlands Omar Khayyam Society and its President from 1990 to 2014.  He had a fine collection of copies of the Rubaiyat and related items and a deep love and scholarly knowledge of the poem in its many manifestations.  He shared his enthusiasm freely with others and his writings represent a major addition to the understanding of the Rubaiyat.  We have greatly valued our contacts and exchanges with Jos over the years and his passing will leave a big gap in the Rubaiyat community.  Our deep sympathy goes to his wife Petra and the family.  Rest in peace, Jos.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Charles Mugleston permalink
    March 28, 2018 7:08 pm

    JOS – A Tribute from Suffolk – a humble / rolling english quatrain…

    Centre & Circumference – Paradise E’NOW

    On the wing, released the Knot
    Paradox NOW opened… drink a little – Drunk a Lot !
    Enriched, enlightened, revelling in True Beauty’s Rose (One Who Knows)
    Thy joyous Errand, reached the Spot.


    from Charles Mugleston

  2. SIMON R. GLADDISH permalink
    March 29, 2018 2:31 pm

    Sad news indeed! I hope that he had plenty of fine wine to keep him company during his declining years.

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