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The Wine of Wisdom

The Life, Poetry and Philosophy of Omar Khayyam

The intoxicating message of Khayyam’s famous Ruba‘iyyat created an image of exotic Orientalism in the West but, as author Mehdi Aminrazavi reveals, Khayyam’s achievements went far beyond the intoxicating message within these verses. Philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and mystic – his many different identities are examined here in detail, creating a coherent picture of this complex and often misunderstood figure.

Author Mehdi Aminrazavi is Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Co-Director of the Center for Asian Studies at Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia, US.

"Loved by the free-spirited, hated by his orthodox peers; a stranger in both his homeland and the West : the complexities and contradictions surrounding the life of Omar Khayyam are reconstructed for the first time in this authoritative new biography."

– The Watkins Review

"Though centrally concerned with the Persiquatrains known as the Rubaiyat, he also covers Omar's career as a mathematician, astronomer and philosopher as well as his poetry in Arabi."

– The Times Literary Supplement