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Omar Khayyám

[kayam], also spelled Umar Khayyám

(c.1050--c.1122)

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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