Illustration from a 1539-43 Khamsa by Nizami
Maijnun and an Old Woman Approach the Tent of Laila.
A larger image of The Old Woman complaining to Sultan Sanjar. Illustration from a 1539-43 Khamsa by Nizami.
The story of Laila and Maijnun is one of the tales in the Khamsa of Nizami. Qais has fallen in love with Laila at school, in consequence of which he was called Maijnun, 'madman', by his schoolmates. Laila was withdrawn from school. Here Maijnun, who has teamed up with an old woman, is approaching the tent of Laila in her family encampment.