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Poetry of Nezami Ganjavi. Dr Christine van Ruymbeke

Nezami’s Eskandar-Nama 

There is still a lot left unsaid and misunderstood about the twelfth-century poet Nezami of Ganja’s double Eskandar-Nama. The project attempts an in-depth analysis of this long syncretic philosophical poem. It is one of the most sophisticated rewritings of the Alexander Legend in Medieval Persian poetry but is mostly misunderstood and neglected in secondary literature. The work is also virtually unknown within the Alexander studies.

Collaborative Research Project on Nezami Ganjavi’s Khamsa 

This project is still in the first discussion stage. The idea is to launch a collaborative research project around this author stretching over five years and focusing each year on a particular masnavi and will bring together codicology and textual analysis. This will be put together in collaboration with Dr Asghar Seyed-Gohrab of the University of Leiden (The Netherlands).