The Founder of Uzbek poetry

by Anonymous on 7/21/2004 · 2 comments

navoia565Medieval Central Asia was home to the most brilliant and outstanding scholars, philosophers and poets. Just to name few: Averroes, Avicenna, Omar Khayyam, al-Bukhari, al-Biruni and many many others. Among the best poets of that time (and of all times), we can without any doubt include Alisher Navoi (actually, I was named after him). His name Alisher itself shows the complexity and richness of his time: Ali being an arab name and word which is sometimes translated as “supreme”, and sher which means “lion” in Persian (in modern Uzbek it also means a poem).
Alisher Navoi is considered to be the founder of the Uzbek literature. Before him, all the works were written in either Arabic or Persian. Uzbek language was not considered to be subtle and melodious enough to write poems. But Navoi who started for the first time to write poems in Uzbek, proved that this was wrong.

I didn’t find English translations of his poems online for the moment, but I will post some as soon as I find. However, if they are not yet translated into English, I guess it would be an excellent idea to translate them, as their philosophical value and beauty of expression is no less than the poems of Omar Khayyam.
You can learn more on Navoi on this site


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Education 2003–2004 Master Degree in Developmental Studies (DESS “Gestion et dynamisation du développement”), The University of Pierre Mendès France of Grenoble, France 1998-2003 Bachelor Degree in International Economics, The University of World Economy and Diplomacy of Tashkent, Uzbekistan Work Experience 05/2004-08/2004 Researcher, The Economic Mission of France in Istanbul, Turkey 04/2003-09/2003 Research assistant and Translator in the UNDP project UZB 01/04 on institutional reinforcement of the Higher School of Business under the President of Uzbekistan 01/2003-04/2003 Interpreter, International Department, The Higher School of Business, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 09/2002-01/2003 English Language Junior Editor at the Journal “International Relations, Law and Economy” of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 06/2002-09/2002 Intern, CIS countries Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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Nathan July 21, 2004 at 9:49 am

I’m slightly surprised that English translations haven’t shown up here or that there hasn’t been an academic that’s done a translation. One of my regrets is not buying the Navoi poetry books available in Samarkand that were in English, Russian, and Uzbek.

Asror September 19, 2004 at 11:57 pm

Alisher, I have a book “Pearls from the Ocean” which has English and German translations of some poems by Alisher Navoi. I will try to post some of them at http://www.uzbekvoice.tk in a few days.

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