Author: Alexey Leonov
Location: ETNOMIR Cultural Education Center
“In the hour of adversity be not without hope, For crystal rain falls from black clouds.”
NIZAMI GANJAVI – Abu Muhammad Ilyas ibn-Yusuf – Persian poet, one of the greatest thinkers of the medieval East, whose heritage is widely appreciated and shared by Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan ( 1141 – 1209).
The poet expressed the idea that it is not the sword that conquers the world, but justice and wisdom. The works of Nizami demonstrate his fundamental knowledge of Arabic and Persian literature, oral and written traditions, as well as mathematics, astronomy, astrology, alchemy, medicine, botany, theology. The reader finds in his works interpretation of the Koran, Islamic law, Christianity, Judaism, Iranian myths and legends.
Employing the subjects from traditional oral folk art in his art, Nizami united the peoples living in the territory of modern Azerbaijan. Nizami wrote in Persian, raising it to a new level through using realistic style, allegories, parables and ambiguous words. The romantic heroic poetry of Nizami continued to influence the peoples of Asia and the East for the following centuries. “The Five Jewels”