As a part of project #INTEGRA, Centre for peace, nonviolence and human rights published a poem from Omar Khayyam (1048-1131).
Omar was born in Nishapur, Iran. He was a Persian mathematician, poet and astronomer.
Omar Khayyam (”Omar the tentmaker”) was a mathematician and astronomer, and worked at the royal court as astronomer. He was highly appreciated for his achievements in the field of algebra and geometry.
In 1077 he issued an important work that solved problems with the mathematics of Euclid, problems mathematicians in Europe managed to solve only 5-600 years later. From 1074 to 1079 Khayyam worked on a reform of the calendar system. The new system was used until 1925 in Persia (now Iran).
He is chiefly remembered for his poems, collected in Rabayat, even though now is believed that a large part of the 1,000 four-line stanzas cannot be attributed to him. Omar Khayyam's fame in the West came with the paraphrase by the British Edward Fitzgerald in 1859. Mankind Pleasure of life, life and destiny, realization of sin and moralization are among the topics which are included in the Rabayat.