January 27, 2014

“Nizami Ganjavi – a great romantic and epic poet”

An article entitled “Nizami Ganjavi – a great romantic and epic poet” by journalist Rahma Rashdi devoted to great Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi’s creativity was printed in “Arabian Gazette” - an influential English-language newspaper being printed in the United Arab Emirates. In an article entitled “Nizami Ganjavi - a great romantic and epic poet”, the author talks about the exhibitions devoted to the poet’s creativity, jointly organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Azerbaijan’s Embassy in France at the Paris Letters and Manuscripts Museum and the Strasburg’s Rein Palace.  


It is stated in the article that Nizami Ganjavi (1141-1209) was Azerbaijan’s great philosopher and poet of the 12th century’s Renaissance Period, his work “Leyla and Majnun” was staged under the same name, and this poem had been written far earlier than Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliette”, and was very famous in the world.


The author states that, being the poet’s third poem, the work “Leyla and Majnun” was completed in 1188; the work’s basic theme was taken from Arab legends, and that, rich in psychological moments, the work talks about two young person’s unfortunate love.


“In addition to being a poet, Nizami Ganjavi was also a philosopher, astrologer, physician, artist and geographer of his time”, - is written in the newspaper.


The journalist mentioned that the poet was born in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan’s old city, and a mausoleum was built near the city in his memory, the Literature Museum in Baku was named after him, rich Muslim civilization’s traditions were immortalized in his works, and the ideas of equality, brotherhood and freedom have been reflected in his works: “Being closely acquainted with the works and benefiting from the creativity  of well-known scholars and personalities of his time like Al-Biruni, Al-Farabi, Hafiz, Jami, Aristotle, Platon and others, Nizami Ganjavi’s work “Khamsa” is one of the rare treasures of not only the Orient, but also of the world literature.”


Photos from the exhibitions devoted to Nizami Ganjavi’s life and creativity held in Paris and Strasbourg were printed in the newspaper.