The Wine of Wisdom

Pages: 400
Subject: Religion: Islam, Spirituality
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

The Wine of Wisdom

The Life, Poetry and Philosophy of Omar Khayyam

Mehdi Aminrazavi

Covering his extraordinary life, his poetry and his neglected philosophical writings, this is a comprehensive biography of the legendary Omar Khayyam.
9781851685042 (24 Jun 2007)
RRP £33.00 / US$24.95

The Book

The intoxicating message of Khayyam's famous Ruba‘iyyat created an image of exotic Orientalism in the West but, as author Mehdi Aminrazavi reveals, Khayyam's achievements went far beyond the intoxicating message within these verses. Philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and mystic - his many different identities are examined here in detail, creating a coherent picture of this complex and often misunderstood figure.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam, Spirituality
Pages 400
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Author Mehdi Aminrazavi is Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Co-Director of the Center for Asian Studies at Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia, US.


"Loved by the free-spirited, hated by his orthodox peers; a stranger in both his homeland and the West : the complexities and contradictions surrounding the life of Omar Khayyam are reconstructed for the first time in this authoritative new biography."

- The Watkins Review

"Though centrally concerned with the Persiquatrains known as the Rubaiyat, he also covers Omar's career as a mathematician, astronomer and philosopher as well as his poetry in Arabi."

- The Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

1. Khayyam's Life and Works 18

2. Reconstructing a Tarnished Image: Omar Khayyam 40

According to his Contemporaries and Biographers

3. Khayyam within the Intellectual Context of his Time 67

4. The Ruba‘iyyat 90

5. Khayyam and Sufism 134

6. Khayyam's Philosophical Thought 157

7. Khayyam the Scientist 188

8. Khayyam in the West 204

Epilogue 278

Appendix A: Translations of the Philosophical Treatises 283

Appendix B: The Ruba‘iyyat - Edward FitzGerald's 328


Appendix C: Arabic Poems of Omar Khayyam 347

Notes 349

Bibliography 378

Index 387