'The paths of God are intricate and strange'
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 - a system concerned with the search for truth through God - it describes 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, worldly and spiritual, The Conference of the Birds transforms deep belief into magnificent poetry.
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.
Translated by AFKHAM DARBANDI and DICK DAVIS
With a new introduction by DICK DAVIS
About The Author
Farid ad-Din Attar, accounted as one of the greatest poets of Persia, was born around 1120 A.D. in Nishapur (also the birth place of Omar Khayyam) in North Eastern Iran. He was one of the earliest Sufi poets of Persia. He died shortly before 1220. His other chief works are Memorial of the Saints, The Book of the Divine, The Book of Affliction and The Book of Secrets.
-This felicitous translation is a classic and reaches the widest possible audience.- -- David Azzolina, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 29th March 1984
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 13.5 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1