Obeyd-e Zakani: Ethics of the Aristocrats & Other Satirical Works
Obeyd-e Zakani, who died in 1372 is among the great poets of Iran but little known in the West. This selection of his work is the first to be translated into English. Obeyd was a remarkable satirist and social critic who looked upon his world of extravagant indulgence and corruption with the censorious eyes of a Juvenal, and portrayed it with the cynicism and wit of a Voltaire, and the hilarious grotesqueness of a Rabelais. He used scathing stories and sardonic maxims to paint a world full of deceit, greed, lust, sycophancy, and perversion, where old values and virtues were scorned and extremes of wealth and poverty, violence and bloodshed were the order of the day.
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ETHICS OF THE ARISTOCRATS
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Abbasid ABROGATED PRACTICE Abu Bakr Abu Ishaq Abu Sa'id ACCECDOTES ADOPTED PRACTICE al-Din Mohammad ANECDOTE Arab ARISTOCRATS asked Azud al-Din Baghdad beard bhang caliph called chapter contemporary cuckold death Delgosha Dick Davis Divan donkey door drink drunk E. G. Browne eggplant emirs ETHICS father forbearance Furughi ghazal give Gulistan Hafez Harun heaven hell Hulagu husband hypocrisy Isfahan jester JOYOUS TREATISE judge Juha Kerman Khan Khorasan killed king learning lover master mice Mongol mosque mouse Mubarez al-Din Muwlana Nasir al-Din Tusi Nasr al-Din never night Obeyd OBEYD-E ZAKANI Persian Literature person poem poet prayers preacher Prophet qalandar Qazvini Qur'an Rashid al-Din reign replied Sa'di satire scholars Shah Shoja Shahnameh Sharaf al-Din sheikhs Shiraz slave someone soul stories Sufi Sultan Mahmud Talhak Tehran thief told took translation truth Turkish verse virtue wealth whoever wife wine Yazd Zahhak