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Title:      Bustan or Fragrance Garden
Categories:      Poetry
BookID:      56
Authors:      Saadi
ISBN-10(13):      9781944175504
Publisher:      Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date:      2016
Edition:      New
Number of pages:      322
Language:      English
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The Bustan of Saadi is perhaps the best-known poem of its general kind in Persian literature and stand unique in many ways.  It is a moralistic and anecdotal verse work divided into ten sections covering ten themes of code of behavior. These themes combine realistic and pragmatic with the mystical and high-minded. It is in essence part of the Sufi esoteric tradition. Their respective contents cover; 1. Justice and good judgement; 2. Beneficence; 3. Love, 4. Humility; 5. Acceptance; 6. Contentment; 7. World of edification; 8. Gratitude; 9. Repentance; and 10. Close communion (with a higher spirit).
This work, together with Saadi’s Gulistan, provides a stepping stone in exploring moral values in Persian literature and Sufism. They are also fundamental works to evaluate Islam teachings in the context of tolerance and understanding.  This last approach should be completed with the exploration of the work of Lessing’s Nathan the Wise which is an invitation towards harmony between Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

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