|Title:||Gulistan or Rose Garden|
|Publisher:||Eric Serejski (Ed.)|
|Number of pages:||244|
The Gulistan is a popular prose-and-verse work composed by Saadi and is probably the single most influential work of prose in the Persian tradition. The central concerns of this work evolve around efficacious ruling, wisdom in the application of political authority and balance between self-interest and altruism. The themes are divided under eight sections; 1. On the Conduct of Kings; 2. On the Morals of Dervishes; 3. On the Excellence of Contentment; 4. On the Benefits of Silence; 5. On Love and Youth; 6. On Frailty and Old Age; 7. On the Effects of Education; and 8. On Manners (non-narrative aphorisms and maxims).