The Azeri government has destroyed all tiles with Persian inscription in Nezami Ganjavi’s mausoleum located in Ganja, the second largest city in Azerbaijan, in an attempt to falsify the Persian poet’s identity, reports say.
According to reports, Nezami’s Persian poems had been inscribed on the tiles inside the mausoleum. The inscribed tiles were removed under the pretext of restoration work in the mausoleum.
The Azeri government has been waging an extensive campaign to falsify the identity of the renowned 12th century Persian poet (1141 to 1209), whose formal name was Jamal ad-Din Abu Muhammad Ilyas ibn-Yusuf ibn-Zakki.
In 2012, Heydar Aliyev Foundation, which is run by Azerbaijan’s first lady Mehriban Aliyeva, paid Rome City Municipality 110,000 euros to install a monument of Nezami in Villa Borghese Park in the Italian capital.
The Italian inscription on the monument claims Nezami to be an Azerbaijani poet. Iranian expatriates in Italy and Italian scholars have protested the move.
This is while Nezami has not written any poems in Azeri, and the Republic of Azerbaijan gained independence from Russia only 22 years ago.