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The Persian Poetry Channel presents the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

January 20, 2022

Charles Mugleston has alerted us to the existence of the Persian Poetry Channel. Publicity for the organisation indicates that “this is a social media channel which aims to make Persian Poetry accessible to the entire globe, by providing simple interpretations of the complex world that is Persian Poetry. The presentations cover the brightest stars of this intricate literature including Rumi, Hafez, Sa’di, Ferdousi [and Omar Khayyam].”

Typical presentations can be found in the form of YouTube films. Two recent episodes on the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam are available on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20XXpLuT6zY and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKZ1zbm5vNY. The presenter, Arash Nalchegar, speaks in clear Persian with good English subtitles. Details of the coverage of the Rubaiyat and of the Channel are shown in the descriptions below. We have not had time to listen all through but this seems to be a resource worth exploring – and a way of improving Persian listening for those who are interested. Our thanks to Charles for telling us about the channel.

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam – Mysteries of Creation

Episode 1. In this video, the first of the Rubaiyat of Khayyam series, Arash examines Khayyam’s worldview and the reasons behind it. It’s clear that his poetry was an extension of this worldview and was meant to get us all thinking. Watch this video through to the end as Arash presents an interesting biography of this world renowned poet and examines three of the first quatrains from the Rubaiyat of Khayyam as edited by Sadegh Hedayat.

Episode 2. In this video, the second of the Rubaiyat of Khayyam series, Arash introduces us to Khayyam’s perspective on religious certainties.  With intelligent logic, Khayyam asks us to question everything we’ve accepted as a given and most importantly he wants us to then consider why we fight each other based on ideas, or rather, illusions we’ve imagined to be real and absolute.  Watch this video through to the end as Arash presents Khayyam’s interesting perspective as he examines four more quatrains from the Rubaiyat of Khayyam as edited by Sadegh Hedayat.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. javadfarzam permalink
    January 20, 2022 1:46 pm

    Dear Sandra, thank you very much for the information. I enjoy any program about Hakim Omar Khayyam and Edwart Fitzgerald.
    Kind Regards
    Javad

  2. cyomac@aol.com permalink
    January 20, 2022 11:46 pm

    How do I contact Arash?thanks

    • January 21, 2022 12:03 pm

      Look at the YouTube links for some further contact information. Arash also has a LinkedIn profile. You just need to google Persian Poetry Channel and his name.

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