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The Story of Layla and Majnun 1


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Nezami (1141 - 1209)

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editor November 19th, 2006 12:38 PM PST

I read The Story of Leyla and Majnun many years ago, and its beauty and immediacy are still with me. A good place to start, I think.


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Nezami (11411209)
Nezami Ganjavi... is considered the greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature, who brought a colloquial and realistic style to the Persian epic.[1][2] His heritage is widely appreciated and shared by Azerbaijan, Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

His mother, named Ra'isa, was of a Kurdish background and his father's name, Yusuf, is mentioned once by Nezami in his poetry. Nezami was orphaned early and lived with his maternal uncle Khwajah Umar. Little is known of Nezami's life, except that he spent it in what is now Azerbaijan.[2]

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