Nezami Ganjavi's Word-selection Art in Translating Scientific


  • Giti Faraji National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia
  • Ali Mohammad Poshtdar Payame Noor University


Nezami Ganjavi, word-building strategies, scientific terms


In the field of Islamic-Iranian civilization, the educated made more effort for transferring culture and knowledge; especially from the 3rdto 6thcentury AH linguistic sciences and translation of scientific works boomed. Nezami in translating into Persian language has a privileged position. Using scientific approaches to word building, he has provided great services to the Persian language.

Using content analysis method, the author reviewed Nezami's Khamsah to answer this fundamental question: what methods has Nezami utilized in translating hapax legomena and Arabic-Persian compounds, and how successful was he in this way? After the review, one can point out three methods of Nezami in the process of translation: equivalents with the combination of common words in Persian language, translation with the combination of Arabic and Persian word, and word-by-word translation. Sometimes he has not translated the word or compound at all; and this is true more of canonical and legal terms. Nezami's good way in translating is the building of new words in translation, which he himself claimed to have.

Author Biographies

Giti Faraji, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia

Ali Mohammad Poshtdar, Payame Noor University

Associate Professor, Department of the Persian Language and Literature, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran


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How to Cite

فرجی گ., & پشت‌دار ع. م. (2019). Nezami Ganjavi’s Word-selection Art in Translating Scientific. Translation Studies Quarterly, 16(64), 7–16. Retrieved from



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