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Description - Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar

First 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 Details

ISBN: 9781578632466
ISBN-10: 1578632463
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 96
Imprint: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publish Date: 10-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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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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