Poetry Diwan Persian c 1825 (2)

Catalog Number 33636
 
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Country of Origin

Iran

Source

Diwan

Date

c 1825

Language

Arabic

Script

Nasta'liq

Scribe

Unknown

Size of Leaf

290 x 185 mm. approximately (11.42 x 7.28 in.)

Condition

Fine

Description

A leaf from a Sa'Di Diwan, Iran, early 19th century, on paper (290 x 195 mm.). There are fifteen lines of nasta'liq script in two columns, text in margins. Verso: fifteen lines of nasta'liq script in two columns, text in margins. Shaikh Sa'di Shirazi (about 1194-1292 CE), originally named Muslih-uddin, was born in Shiraz and studied at the Nizamiyya seat of learning in Baghdad. He remained there for about 30 years, where his fame as a great Persian poet and popular writer was established. He took the name Sa'di in honor of his patron Sa'd b. Zengi. Between 1226 and 1256 he traveled widely, visiting Europe, Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Armenia, Turkey, Arabia, Iran, and beyond the Indus to Hindustan. Sa'di had one son, whose early death caused him great grief and led to a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina.

Sa'di spent some years at Damascus where he became known as an excellent pulpit orator. He then became a recluse wandering in the desert near Jerusalem until he was captured by Frankish soldiers and condemned to forced labor in the trenches of the fortress of Tripoli. A rich friend from Aleppo who gave him his daughter in marriage ransomed him. Her quarrelsomeness spurred him to leave her and continue his travels, finally returning to Shiraz in his seventies. He remained there until the end of his life, studying Sufi wisdom and writing poetry. Provenance: Sir Wilfred Blunt (1840 - 1922).

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