Nourished by an admiration of Khayyam that has been with him since childhood, Aminrazavi's comprehensive new biography reintroduces the figure of Omar Khayyam, and his great achievements, to the Western world. Blending a readable and accessible narrative with scholarly ambition and years of research, Aminrazavi's work covers not only Khayyam's well-known poetry, but also his extraordinary life, his neglected philosophical writings and the impact of his work in the West. It features a variety of supporting material, including original translations and the full text of Fitzgerald's Rubaiyyat, and will prove an ideal biography for those who want to know more about one of history's most influential poets.

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

Held as part of the 2011 Fall For the Book. Recorded on September 22, 2011.

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