Nizami's fame spread far and wide both East and West - Former President of Latvia

Nizami's fame spread far and wide both East and West - Former President of Latvia

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31

Trend:

Nizami is a particularly great narrative poet and his fame spread far and wide both East and West, Former President of Latvia, Co-Chair Nizami Ganjavi International Center Vaira Vike-Freiberga said, Trend reports.

Vike-Freiberga explained that that is because of what is called known as the "Khamsa" ("The Five", "The Quintet") of five narrative poems also known as the "Panj Ganj" ("The Five Treasures").

“One of them – "The Tale of the Seven Beauties" is one I'd like to tell you about a bit more in detail today because it's one that I happen to be working on. I find it extremely exciting and I hope that it gives you a taste for the sort of work that Nizami did. Nizami is not as well known in the Western world as his talent really deserves, and the reason is very simple: there are too few good translations of his work into modern languages, particularly Western ones. Only a few specialized scholars are able to read his works in the original Farsi and to read the script of the time. Even fewer have been able or willing to translate it, although fragments of part of his work (larger or smaller fragments) have been appearing over the last hundred years and more in English, Russian, French and German and probably some other languages,” Vike-Freiberga said.

However, as Vike-Freiberga said she knows from experience, frequently these editions are extremely difficult to obtain.

“They're out of print and in other words, there's a huge amount to be done by various academies and by bodies of scholars to continue with translations into Nizami's work in as many world languages, frankly, as it is possible, because, I think, he deserves it. The work of Nizami Ganjavi was preserved throughout nearly nine centuries, when we know that so many authors of Greek and Roman Antiquity have completely disappeared or the majority of their work has disappeared into the various fires, lootings, destructions, ideological wars, or simply in the case of vellum manuscripts, by literally, the "tooth of time". In other words, a "bookworm" that actually chews up the substrate on which the text is written,” Vike-Freiberga said.

Now in the case of Nizami, the manuscripts are great many of them had been preserved, because of the fortunate circumstance that they were transcribed absolutely beautiful calligraphy, lavishly blonde, richly, superbly illustrated by what came to be known in the world as Persian miniatures, Vike-Freiberga said.

“Even as the language that the poet used became more and more difficult of access to successive generations of readers, the pictorial illustrations retained their fascination and helped to have the manuscripts copied and recopied and thus preserved over the centuries, which is no small thing,” she said.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Israel, UAE sign 'green corridor' agreement for vaccinated passengers - Israeli consulate in Dubai
Israel, UAE sign 'green corridor' agreement for vaccinated passengers - Israeli consulate in Dubai
198 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast
198 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast
UN's Guterres welcomes Saudi Arabia's climate initiatives in call with King Salman
UN's Guterres welcomes Saudi Arabia's climate initiatives in call with King Salman
Loading Bars
Latest
Voting in presidential elections in Uzbekistan ends
Growth of Uzbekistan’s real GDP makes almost 7% over 9 months
No mandatory vaccination in Georgia, PM vows
Uz-Kor Gas Chemical opens tender to attract services for int'l goods transport
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 2,036 more COVID-19 cases, 1,045 recoveries
Azerbaijan's executive power in Aghdam opens tender for road overhaul
Inflation rate in Iran increases
Renewable energy dev't envisioned in Azerbaijan's national priorities - minister (PHOTOS/VIDEO)
UK says substantial differences remain with EU over Northern Ireland trade
Israel, UAE sign 'green corridor' agreement for vaccinated passengers - Israeli consulate in Dubai
Turkmenistan to connect grids of its Akhal, Balkan regions with new high-voltage line
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for October 24
Relations between Iran and Azerbaijan to continue based on mutual respect - Iranian FM
Kazakhstan boosts revenues from transporting cargo by air
Azerbaijan sees rise in total assets of local banks in September 2021
Georgia reports 3,436 coronavirus cases, 4,483 recoveries, 43 deaths
Azerbaijani MoD publishes video on events that took place last year this week (VIDEO)
Uzbekistan's CEC talks voters turnout as of 11.00
Total value of mortgage loans issued by Azerbaijani banks up in 9M2021
Prices of potatoes change in Uzbekistan
First VP Mehriban Aliyeva shares photo from visit to Zangilan with President Ilham Aliyev (PHOTO)
Daily COVID-19 case count at 1,677 in Kazakhstan
96 new positive cases of coronavirus detected in Kyrgyzstan
Azerbaijani banks increase issuance of consumer loans
Presidential elections kick off in Uzbekistan
Cargo ship on fire, spewing toxic gas off Canada’s Pacific coast: Officials
Tesla hikes price of Model X, Model S variants by $5,000
IRICA shares data on import of COVID-19 vaccine to Iran
Japan keen to invest in restoration of Azerbaijan's liberated lands
1,677 more COVID-19 cases reported in Kazakhstan
1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at off-campus party near Georgia university
Tesla posts a $1.62 billion profit in Q3 despite difficult car market
198 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast
10 envoys to be declared persona non grata: Erdogan
UN's Guterres welcomes Saudi Arabia's climate initiatives in call with King Salman
Presidential elections to be held in Uzbekistan
UK says substantial differences remain with EU over N.Ireland trade
New migrant caravan in Mexico pushes past blockade to head north
Aramco aims for net zero emissions from operations by 2050, CEO says
U.S. administers nearly 413 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines
Chronicles of Victory: Azerbaijani president gives interview to Le Figaro newspaper on October 24, 2020 (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Chronicles of Victory: October 24, 2020
Buy/sell operations at Iran Mercantile Exchange growing
Iran unveils details of its trade turnover via Astara customs
Putin invites Israeli prime minister to visit St. Petersburg
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on October 24
Turkmenistan launches production of new types of paving slabs
Azerbaijani banks ramp up business lending since early 2021
Georgia and Ukraine talk cooperation within European integration
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for October 23
UK records another 44,985 new coronavirus cases
Tactical-Special Exercises of Azerbaijani Special Forces end (VIDEO)
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva shared photos from Aghali village of Zangilan district on her official Instagram page (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani, Iranian FMs talk recent relations developments
Members of Nizami Ganjavi International Center join call towards cop26
Arayik Harutyunyan's visit to Russia is solely private - embassy of Azerbaijan
NATO not ready for equal dialogue with Moscow - Russian defence chief
Saudi-led coalition says destroys Houthi vessels, bomb-laden boats site
Kazakhstan updates forecast for completion of grain harvesting
IRENEX shares data on sales of Sepahan Oil Company in energy exchange
EIB to help reduce COVID-19 effects on Georgian SMEs
Moscow comments on reports about holding Russia-Armenia-Azerbaijan summit on Nov.2021
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 2,315 more COVID-19 cases, 981 recoveries
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva shared footage from Zangilan visit on her Instagram page (VIDEO)
Turkmenistan to participate in EXPO-2025
Georgia and Ukraine sign protocol on economic cooperation
Weekly review of key events in Azerbaijan's ICT sector
Azerbaijan's liberated lands to contribute to expansion of TRACECA corridor - minister
Weekly review of main events in Azerbaijan's transport sector
Saudi Arabia targets net zero emissions by 2060
Russia registers an all-time high of 37,678 coronavirus cases in past day
Uzbekistan eyes foreign technology for better local polymer production
Turkmen delegation to pay working visit to Iran
Azerbaijan records growth in loan portfolio of local banks in 9M2021
Turkmenistan’s Turkmenbashi refinery eyes producing hydrogen
Azerbaijan, Singapore to co-op in construction of geostationary satellites
IRICA shares data on Iran's trade turnover with SCO member states
Iran sees increase in exports of non-oil products from Hormozgan Province
Weekly review of Azerbaijani precious metals market
Kazakhstan unveils trade indicators with its TOP-3 EU partners
Turkmenistan approves new procedure for allocating investments from Stabilization Fund
Azerbaijani MoD observes exercises in liberated Lachin district (VIDEO)
Russian Health Ministry greenlights joint COVID-19 and flu vaccination
Central Bank discloses volume of loans issued to Azerbaijan's districts
Georgia records surge in tourist visits from Uzbekistan
Tourist inflow from Kazakhstan to Georgia soars
Iran boosts exports through customs of Zanjan Province
Azerbaijan notes decrease in banking sector' profit
Azerbaijan sees rise in mortgage lending
Iranian currency rates for October 23
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
Georgia releases data on COVID-19 cases for October 23
New customs post in Azerbaijan to speed up cargo movement along North-South corridor (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Armenia to sign new documents in Moscow
Azerbaijani oil prices increase
Georgia sees decrease in tourist inflow from Azerbaijan
Turkmen company to purchase material, technical resources via tender
Kazakh energy company opens tender to buy metal corners
All news