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Nizami adına Ədəbiyyat Muzeyinin binasının pəncərəsində Əfzələddin Xaqani rəsmi (1).JPG
Born 1121/1122
Shamakhi, Shirwan
Died 1190
Occupation Poet

Khāqāni was a Persian poet. He was born in the historical region known as Shirvan and died in Tabriz, Iran. Khaqani left a remarkable Persian-language heritage as his legacy.

Khaqani had a remarkable knowledge of Christianity, and his poetry is profused with Christian imagery and symbols. He claimed to become a speaker of Georgian language, and produced an ode in which he praised King Demetrius I of Georgia. He was also taught by his cousin in philosophy.

His master in poetry was the famous Abul-Ala Ganjavi who introduced him to the court of Khaqan Manuchehr Shirvanshah and Khaqani got his pen-name from this king. He also married the daughter of Abul-Ala. In his youth, Khaghani wrote under the pen-name Haqai'qi ("Seeker"). After he had been invited to the court of the Shirvanshah Abu'l Muzaffar Khaqan-i-Akbar Manuchiher, he assumed the pen-name of Khaqani ("regal").

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