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.

Publisher: London, England ; New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 2011, c1984
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 0140444343
9780140444346
Branch Call Number: 891.5511 A8835c 2011
Characteristics: xxvi, 278 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Davis, Dick 1945-
Darbandi, Afkham 1948-

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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

The acclaimed translation of a magnificent work of Persian poetry--now updated with new material Composed in the twelfth century in northeastern Iran, Farid Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvelous, allegorical rendering of the Isla... Read More »


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