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The Secret Rose Garden (Persian text, translation, commentary)

Mahmoud Shabestari

2021 Feb 18


The medieval thinker Mahmoud Shabestari's poem, "The Secret Rose Garden", is one of the classic Sufi works. It was an important source of knowledge for Islamic mystics for many centuries and contributed to the development of philosophy during the Safavid era. The work still retains its relevance: Muhammad Iqbal, the great thinker and reformer of Islam, wrote a poetic response to this text, while the religious leaders of the post-revolutionary Iran referred to it in their works and delivered lectures on the Shabestari’s masterpiece.

 The work includes the Persian text of the poem edited by Kazim Dizfuliyan, a translation of this text, and a detailed commentary explaining all the terms, complicated places, characters and discrepancies in different editions.


Shabestari, Mahmoud. The Secret Rose Garden (Persian text, translation, commentary) / A.A. Lukashev, edited by N.Yu. Chalisova. — 2nd edition. — М.: ООО Sadra, 2021. — 360 p. — (The philosophical thought of Islamic world: Translations. V. 4).