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The Conference of the Birds

The Conference of the Birds
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Composed in the twelfth century in north-eastern Iran, Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvellous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism - an esoteric system concerned with the search for truth through God - it describes the consequences of the conference of the birds of the world when they meet to begin the search for their ideal king, the Simorgh bird. On hearing that to find him they must undertake an arduous journey, the birds soon express their reservations to their leader, the hoopoe. With eloquence and insight, however, the hoopoe calms their fears, using a series of riddling parables to provide guidance in the search for spiritual truth. By turns witty and profound, The Conference of the Birds transforms deep belief into magnificent poetry.
Authors: ʻAṭṭār, Farīd al-Dīn, -approximately 1230
Title: The conference of the birds
Publisher: London, England ; New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 2011, c1984
Edition: Rev. ed
Characteristics: xxvi, 278 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Farid ud-Din Attar ; translated with an introduction by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis
Notes: "This edition has been updated to include translations of the poem's prologue and epilogue for the first time. A new introduction by Dick Davis outlines Attar's life and beliefs, discusses the poem's themes and influence, and places it in the context of medieval literature"--P. [4] of cover
"Biographical index": p. [271]-278
Translation of: Manṭiq al-ṭayr
Additional Contributors: Darbandi, Afkham - 1948-
Davis, Dick - 1945-
ISBN: 9780140444346
0140444343
Branch Call Number: 891.5511 A8835c 2011
Subject Headings: Sufism Early works to 1800 Sufi poetry, Persian Sufi poetry
Topical Term: Sufism
Sufi poetry, Persian
Sufi poetry
LCCN: 84211777
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