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The Bustan or Orchard of Sa‘di

If among the twenty-two works with which Sa‘di enriched the literature of his country, the Gulistan ranks first in popularity, the Bustan (lit. “Orchard”) may justly claim equal precedence in point of interest and merit. No comprehensive translation of this important classical work has hitherto been placed before the reading public, but it cannot be […]

  • Sa'di Shirazi
  • David Rosenbaum
  • Omphaloskepsis
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The Bustan or Orchard of Sa‘di
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    If among the twenty-two works with which Sa‘di enriched the literature of his country, the Gulistan ranks first in popularity, the Bustan (lit. “Orchard”) may justly claim equal precedence in point of interest and merit. No comprehensive translation of this important classical work has hitherto been placed before the reading public, but it cannot be doubted that the character of its contents is such as to fully justify the attempt now made to familiarize English readers with the entertaining anecdotes and devotional wisdom which the Sage of Shiraz embodied in his Palace of Wealth. This is the name which he applies to the Bustan in an introductory chapter, and it is one which springs from something more than a poet’s fancy, for the ten doors, or chapters, with which the edifice is furnished lead into an orchard that is indeed rich in the fruits of knowledge gained by a wide experience of life in many lands, and earnest thought.

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    • Sa'di Shirazi
    • David Rosenbaum
    • Omphaloskepsis
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