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Qatar University to honour Khayyam

The 12th century Iranian poet, mathematician and astronomer will be honoured in a two-day ceremony next month.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 13:35 IST

Qatar University will honour Omar Khayyam during a two-day ceremony next month, in commemoration of the 12th century Iranian poet, mathematician and astronomer.

The ceremony will have on its agenda, the discussion of issues like the life of Khayyam, his status among Iranians and Arabs and his role in the modification of the Jalali calendar (the official calendar used in Iran, Afghanistan, Kurdish Mesopotamia and Central Asian republics).

The ceremony beginning on March 15 will also highlight other topics like the introduction and evaluation of Khayyam's works, Iranian and foreign researchers' viewpoint of him and the basics of his thought.

Omar Khayyam had written many four-line epigrammatic verses, which were later brought together in a collection called the "Rubaiyat".

The event is organised by the Iranian cultural attaché in Qatar, in collaboration with Iranian and foreign experts on Khayyam, as well as some teachers of Qatar University.