Madrid University is due to unveil a statue of the celebrated Persian philosopher, astronomer, mathematician, and above all poet, Omar Khayyam, in a ceremony on May 18. Spain's Complutense University is set to unveil a statue of Omar Khayyam in an effort to honor the world-renowned Persian polymath and poet.
Khayyam's bust in Neyshabur (photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim)
The Madrid University will install the statue during a ceremony on May 18, 2011, which is annually celebrated in Iran as the Khayyam Day.
Iran's cultural attaché Amir Pourpezeshk and Complutense Vice-Chancellor for Culture and Sports Juan Manuel Alvarez discussed the idea of installing Khayyam's bust in a meeting held on April 5, 2011.
"As an art expert, I can say that the statue is an outstanding work, which perfectly portrays an Iranian luminary," Alvarez said, expressing hope that installing the bust will help the expansion of long-term cultural cooperation between the two countries.
Khayyam, whose full name is Ghiyad ad-Din Abul-Fat'h Umar ibn Ibrahim Khayyam Neyshaburi, was born in Neyshabour, Northeastern Iran on May 18, 1048.
Khayyam was among the first generation of Muslims well-known and eminent outside Iran, specially in Persian-language speaking countries, through translation of his works, the most effective of all was Edward FitzGerald's translation of Rubaiyat (quatrains) of Omar Khayyam in 1859.
Khayyam also contributed a major role in several reforms in and perfection of the Persian calendar basically taken from the Hindu calendar known as Jalali calendar which is the Iranian current calendar.
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