Persian Poetics Presents:
Sa‘dī’s Gulistān (Flower Garden) is perhaps the most influential work of Persian prose. This collection of pleasant anecdotes helped earn Sa‘dī the nickname ‘afṣaḥ al-mutikallimūn’ (The Most Eloquent of Speakers).
The Gulistān was considered so eloquent that it set the standard for Persian education from the Balkans to the Bengal. For centuries students of all backgrounds learned Persian with this work, which help cement its place in the tradition.
Though Persian education has slowly faded, this work remains present in the Muslim mind. Many of Sa‘dī’s proverbs - both in Persian and in translation - are quoted by Muslims of all educational backgrounds from the Balkans to the Bengal.
The first page of the Gulistān.
A folio from a story read in class three.
Studying this valuable work will provide students an insight into the Turco-Indo-Persianate tradition that Sa‘dī’s work was once a centerpiece of. We will cover the entirety of the text.
Dībācha: Text Introduction
Chapter 1: The Conduct of Kings
Chapter 2: The Character of Dervishes
Chapter 3: The Virtues of Contentment
Chapter 4: The Benefits of Silence
Chapter 5: On Love and Youth
Chapter 6: Feebleness and Old Age
Chapter 7: The Effect of Education
Chapter 8: The Art of Conversation
A preview of the class:
This poetry arrangement will remain