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Is Omar Khayyam going out of favour in Iran?

November 13, 2019

OK kenVincent 0218Jos Coumans has sent us the following link to an article recently posted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL):  https://www.rferl.org/a/textbook-changes-iranian-fighter-slain-in-syria-to-replace-literary-giant-omar-khayyam/30264026.html.

The post is headed Textbook Changes: Iranian Fighter Slain In Syria May Replace Literary Giant Omar Khayyam, and it suggests that the educational authorities have been removing works by famous literary and poetic figures, including Omar Khayyam, from educational textbooks in favour the study of other modern Iranian figures more in line with current educational policies.

The article includes many criticisms of this reported change, as well as counter comments from the Iranian educational authorities.  Domestic media are quoted as the source of the report.  The piece makes an interesting read, but readers should be aware the RFE/RL is a US government-funded organisation and so may not be an entirely unbiased source of information.  It would be interesting to know more of any specific articles on the subject from Iranian sources.

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  1. bobfo@btinternet.com permalink
    November 13, 2019 3:28 pm

    As regards your posting about Omar going out of favour in Iran: I recently had a very appreciative email from an Iranian chap to say that he had found my Rubaiyat Archive very useful in doing his thesis. I’m not sure exactly what the thesis was about, but I gather he is a lecturer in English (Literature ?) in Iran. So, Omar is still alive and kicking in some places over there!

    Bob

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