(d. ca. 1209)
Persian poet. Author of the Khamsa (also known as the Panj Ganj), which comprises the following five epic poems: Makhzan al-Asrar; the romances Khusraw and Shirin and Layla and Majnun; Iskandar Nama; and Haft Paykar. Nizami's work, strongly evocative of Sufi ideas, exercised great influence on the subsequent development of Persian verse.