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The Gulistan or Rose Garden of Sa'di By Muslih-uddin Sa'di, Edward Rehatsek, David Rosenbaum
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The Gulistan is among the most famous works of Persian literature by one of Persia’s greatest poets, Muslih-uddin Sa‘di Shirazi. Born in Shiraz sometime between 1184 and 1210 CE,... More > Sa‘di received his education in Baghdad and spent several decades in travel and pilgrimage. In 1256, Sa‘di returned to Shiraz. He wrote the Gulistan in 1258, the same year that the Mongols sacked Baghdad. The Gulistan or Rose Garden of Sa‘di, intended as a “mirror for princes,” includes prose didactic tales interspersed with short verses. The book is divided into eight parts: The Manners of Kings, The Morals of Dervishes, The Excellence of Contentment, The Advantages of Silence, Love and Youth, Weakness and Old Age, The Effects of Education, and Rules for Conduct in Life. This classic translation by Edward Rehatsek has been edited and updated with a new introduction by David Rosenbaum.< Less
The Bustan or Orchard of Sa'di By Muslih-uddin Sa'di, David Rosenbaum, A. Hart Edwards
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Of the works of Persia’s great poet Sa‘di, the Bustan is second only to the Gulistan in reknown and popularity. Born in Shiraz sometime between 1184 and 1210 CE, Muslih-uddin Sa‘di... More > Shirazi received his education in Baghdad and spent several decades in travel and pilgrimage. In 1256, Sa‘di returned to Shiraz. He wrote the Bustan in 1257, and the next year wrote the Gulistan. The Bustan or Orchard of Sa‘di, intended as a “mirror for princes,” was written entirely in verse and included “ten doors of instruction,” that were the following ten chapters: Justice and Counsel, Benevolence, Love, Humility, Resignation, Contentment, Education, Gratitude, Repentance, and Prayer. This prose translation by A. Hart Edwards has been edited and updated by David Rosenbaum.< Less