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SA'DI (MUSLIH-UD-DIN MUSHRIF-IBN-ABDULLAH):
Sa'di (full name in English: Muslih-ud-Din Mushrif-ibn-Abdullah) (1184 - 1283/1291) is one of the major Persian poets of the medieval period. He is recognized not only for the quality of his writing, but also for the depth of his social thought. A native of Shiraz , Persia , Saadi left his native town at a young age for Baghdad to study Arabic literature and Islamic sciences at Nizamiah University (1195-1226).
He is known as a Sufi thinker, and was a student of the respected Sufi Sheikh Shahabuddin Suhrawardi. Saadi liked to travel, and lived much of his life as a wandering dervish. After Iraq he visited many Islamic countries: Shamat ( Syria ), Palestine , Hijaz (Arabia), Yemen , Rum ( Turkey ), and Egypt for almost thirty years. At one time he is said to have been captured by the Crusaders.
Saadi's writings are held to be among the greatest Sufi classics. He wrote ‘The Orchard' (Bostan) in 1257,'The Rose Garden' (Gulistan) in 1258. There is also a Divan, or collection of his poetry. He wrote short stories and poems about his adventurous life in both his major works. For more on Sa'di, click here.
The following books of Sa'di are available:
- The Gulistan of Sa'di (.pdb, .lit, .html, .pdf)