Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:21PM
Tomb of Persian poet Sa'adi, Shiraz, southern Iran
Tomb of Persian poet Sa'adi, Shiraz, southern Iran

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has registered two Iranian literary works on its Memory of the World Program.

Famous Persian poet Sa’adi’s collections of works and Persian geographer Abu Ishaq Estakhri’s ‘Masalik al-Mamalik’ (Traditions of Countries) were registered during the 12th meeting of UNESCO’s International Advisory Committee held in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.

Estakhri’s book was registered jointly by Iran and Germany, since the Persian version is kept at Iran’s National Library, while the Arabic version is housed at a library in Germany. 

Estakhri was a Persian geographer and cartographer of the 10th century, who created the earliest known account of windmills. His ‘Traditions of Countries’ has also been translated into German.

Sa’adi’s 'Kulliyat' is the complete collection of works by the great medieval Persian poet, who is often referred to as the Master of Prose and Poetry in the Persian literature. 

He is best-known for his books ‘Boustan’ and ‘Golestan’ as well as  a number of masterly odes portraying human experience. Andre du Ryer was the first European who presented Sa’adi to the West by means of a partial French translation of ‘Golestan’ in 1634.

Sa'adi is known worldwide for one of his aphorisms, which adorns the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the United Nations building in New York.

Nine Iranian works have so far been registered on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program, including a collection of selected maps of Iran in the Qajar Era and the collection of works by 12th-century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi.