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Sheikh Muslihu'd-Din, known as Sa'di, was descended from Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammed. Sa'di's father apparently died when he was a boy.

Although Sa'di was born and died in Shiraz, Persia (Iran), during his life he traveled extensively. He is said to have traveled for thirty years throughout the Islamic world. Iran has filled the centuries with some of the world's finest poets, but Iranians consider Sa'di to be one of the greatest.

Historians often divide his life into three parts. His first twenty-five years were spent studying in various countries, going to university at Baghdad. During the next thirty years he traveled widely, east to India and as far west as Syria. He made his pilgrimage to Mecca fourteen times. Finally, Sa;di returned to Shiraz where he devoted himself to writing and to teaching.

Sa'di was a disciple of the Sufi master Sheikh Shahabud-Din Sahrawardi.

Sa'di's two best known works are the Bustan (the Garden), composed entirely in verse, and the Gulistan (the Rose Garden), in both prose and verse. He was particularly known for the wry wit he injected into his poems.

Sa'di is probably the first Persian poet to have been translated into European languages. A German version of the Gulistan appeared in 1654.

Sa'di's tomb can be seen in the town of Shiraz. Lines from Saadi's poems are still commonly used in conversations by Iranians today.

Poems by Sa'di

Recommended Books: Sa'di

Islamic Mystical Poetry: Sufi Verse from the Early Mystics to Rumi Perfume of the Desert: Inspirations from Sufi Wisdom The Gulistan of Sadi: The Rose Garden The Mystics of Islam

Related Links

Internet Classics Archive | The Gulistan of Sadi

The complete Gulistan of Sadi on-line.


A brief introduction and several poems and prose excerpts.

Sadi: The Gulistan or Rose Garden

The complete Gulistan of Sadi on-line.

The Mausoleum of Sadi'di%20e.htm

Description and several photos of the revered mausoleum of Sadi.