The Conference of the Birds

The Conference of the Birds

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by Farid ud-Din Attar
     
 

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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

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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.

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David Azzolina
“This felicitous translation is a classic and reaches the widest possible audience.”
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“This felicitous translation is a classic and reaches the widest possible audience.” — David Azzolina, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140444346
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1984
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
301,252
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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David Azzolina
“This felicitous translation is a classic and reaches the widest possible audience.”
Coleman Barks
Attar, along with Chaucer and Dante, is a great genius of community and how that involves the path toward enlightenment. We are these bird-beings searching for the source of what we are together.

Meet the Author

Dick Davis is currently professor of Persian at Ohio State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations from Persian include The Lion and the Throne, Fathers and Sons, Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vols. I, II, III.

Dick Davis is currently professor of Persian at Ohio State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations from Persian include The Lion and the Throne, Fathers and Sons, Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vols. I, II, III.

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The Conference of the Birds (Penguin Classics edition) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not buy this on Nook. It is the wrong work and sadly there is nothing to do about it. The paperback and the Nook version are not the same thing so make sure of what you need. I will not be buying from Barnes and Noble again since this is not the first time this has happened.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Collectively a wonderful composition of variety, strength and meaning.