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Omar Khayyám

[kayam], also spelled Umar Khayyám


Poet, mathematician, and astronomer, born in Nishapur, Persia. Summoned to Merv by the sultan, he reformed the Muslim calendar, and was known to the Western world as a mathematician, until in 1859 Edward FitzGerald published a translation of his Rubáiyát ("Quatrains'). The work is now regarded as an anthology of which little or nothing may be by Omar.

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