Conference of the Birds
A Seeker's Journey to God
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Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar
Book DescriptionFirst written in the 12th century, Conference of the Birds is an allegory of extreme measures for extreme times -- the story of birds seeking a king is the story of all of us seeking God. Like the birds, we may be excited for the journey, until we realize that we must give up our fears and hollow desires, that our journey will be long and hard. Like the duck, we may not wish to leave the water. Like the nightingale, we may want to stay close to our roses. Direct and to the point, Masani's translation, made in the early part of the 19th century, is particularly apropos for our early 21st century times -- both are periods of intense spiritual seeking.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781578632466
(210mm x 140mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publish Date: 10-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Farid al-Din Attar
The Canticle of the Birds, Hardback (February 2014)
A masterpiece of Persian literature illustrated by 207 Persian,Turkish, Afghan and Indo-Pakistani miniatures from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries, from public and private collections from around the world. Limited, numbered edition of 300 copies.
Fifty Poems of Attar, Paperback (September 2007)
The 13th century Sufi poet Farid al-Din Attar is renowned as an author of short lyrics written in the Persian language. Dealing with themes of love, passion and mysticism, this book presents the English versions of Attar's poetry. It also offers an analysis of Attar's poetic language and thought.
Speech of the Birds, Paperback (June 1998)
'Mantiqu't-Tair' is one of the masterpieces of Persian literature. In 'The Speech of the Birds', Peter Avery has not only given us a precise and moving translation, but also ample annotation providing much information to fill in what Attar would have expected his readers to know.
Conference of the Birds, Paperback (March 1984)» View all books by Farid al-Din Attar
"Mantiq al-tayr" (the conference of the birds) is an elaborate allegory with many digressions. It describes how all the birds (human souls) set out in search of the Simurgh (the godhead). All but 30 die and the survivors realize that they themselves are the Simurgh.
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Author Biography - Farid al-Din Attar
Attar lived in the 12th century, just prior to Rumi, whom he may have actually met as a child. Indeed Rumi wrote, "But in everything I say I am only the servant of Attar." Attar also wrote The Book of Secrets, The Memorial of the Saints, and The Hidden Voice. He was tried, but not executed, for religious heresy in part because his mystical philosophy, as reflected in this work.
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