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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Retells the most famous work by the 12th-century Persian poet, Farid al-Din Attar, about a pilgrimage taken by birds to meet "King Simorgh the Wise."
“These lofty words are an antidote for anyone sickened by extremism's poison.” Considered by Rumi to be “the master” of Sufi mystic poetry, Attar is best known for this epic poem, a magnificent allegorical tale about the soul’s search for meaning. He recounts the perilous journey of the world’s birds to the faraway peaks of Mount Qaf in search of the mysterious Simorgh, their king. Attar’s beguiling anecdotes and humor intermingle the sublime with the mundane, the spiritual with the worldly, while his poem models the soul’s escape from the mind’s rational embrace. Sholeh Wolpé re-creates for modern readers the beauty and timeless wisdom of the original Persian, in contemporary English verse and poetic prose.
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The Conference of the Birds is one of the great works of world literature. In Farid ud-Din Attar's masterpiece, the nature of the spiritual path is examined through the allegory of thirty brave birds that go in search of their king through the peaks of exultation and valleys of despair that represent the stages of the seeker as he travels toward enlightenment. Attar was the predecessor of the great Persian Sufi poet Jalalludin Rumi, who borrowed Attar's technique of weaving wisdom within entertaining and amusing tales.
Peter Sis's deeply felt adaptation tells the story of a flock of birds who fly through seven valleys - quest, love, understanding, friendship, unity, amazement and death - to discover which one of them should be crowned king."
A RICHLY-ILLUSTRATED MYSTICAL CLASSIC . NEW IN PAPERBACK. The Conference of the Birdsis a twelfth-century Sufi allegorical poem. The story of the quest for a king undertaken by the birds of the world, it also describes the Sufi (or mystical Islamic) path to enlightenment. Though hugely popular and influential in the Islamic world, the poem is still relatively unfamiliar in the West. In this edition, the poet Raficq Abdulla has reinterpreted key extracts to make the wisdom of Sufism accessible to the contemporary reader. Combining amusing anecdotes and satire with passages of great mystical beauty, the poem uses the birds journey to describe the stages of spiritual experience. This edition is richly illustrated with illuminations from Persian manuscripts.
Conference of the Birds is John Heilpern's true story of an extraordinary journey. In December 1972, the director Peter Brook and an international troupe of actors (Helen Mirren and Yoshi Oida among them) left their Paris base to emerge again in the Sahara desert. It was the start of an 8,500-mile expedition through Africa without precedent in the history of theater. Brook was in search of a new beginning that has since been revealed in all his work--from Conference of the Birds and Carmen to The Mahabharata and beyond. At the heart of John Heilpern's brilliant account of the African experiment is a story that became a search for the miraculous.
A first adult book by the author of the Caldecott Honor-winning The Wall is an uplifting adaptation of the 12th-century Sufi epic poem about a flight of birds under the leadership of a hoopoe who search for a true king while enduring profound spiritual challenges. 30,000 first printing.
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.
An allegorical poem by twelfth-century Sufi poet Farid Ud-Din Attar in which a gathering of birds embark upon a quest for Simurgh, the lord of creation.
In a sequel to Meritocracy, shy cartoonist Bobby, acerbic Hodgkin's disease survivor Maisie, accidental pilgrim Louie, and austere group leader Joe meet in a half-finished Manhattan loft as part of their final efforts to make sense of an ancient Persian poem.
The Conference of the Birds, written in the 12th century by the Persian poet and mystic Farid ud-Din Attar, tells how the birds of the world gather in order to search for a mythological king, the Simorgh. Each of the birds represents a different human type a coward, a lover and much of the poem consists of tales told by their leader in answer to their objections to the journey or their questions about it. Farah K. Behbehani has selected stories from this great work of Persian literature (in English verse translation) about thirteen of the birds and their journey, illustrating the Arabic name of each bird in Jali Diwani calligraphy, an ornamental cursive script developed by the Ottomans which is characterized by its profuse embellishment.A line from the Arabic version of the poem that captures the essence of each birds story is also illustrated calligraphically and explained by a graphic system that enables the reader to understand the flow of the text in each composition.This exquisite and beautifully designed book concludes with a glossary of the Arabic alphabet in Jali Diwani script and interpretations of the letters according to Sufi mystical values.
Abstract: Mantiq Ut-tair, The Conference of the Birds, was composed in the twelfth century by the Persian poet, Farid ud-Din Attar, in the form of an allegorical poem, based on the teaching of the Sufis, of whom Attar was one of the greatest. The book is, as Attar says, 'A gift for distinguished men and a boon for the common'. Translation: This translation by C. S. Nott was first published in 1954 and at that time only two partial translations were available in England. Stanley Nott's rendering from the French prose translation of Garcin de Tassy is virtually complete, and as such was the ﬁrst to appear in English. Garcin de Tassy's translation is as he says, 'as literal as I have been able to make it intelligible'. He has also retained the flavour, the spirit, and the teaching of Attar's poem. The brush drawings by Kate Adamson are based on those in an ancient Persian manuscript of Mantiq Ut-tair. Additional content: The appendix of this book includes a note about Attar, a short section on the Sufis and a glossary of some of the names and other words used throughout the text.
THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS A SUFI ALLEGORY BEING AN ABRIDGED VERSION OF FARID UD DIN ATTAR S MANTIQ UT TAYR
- Author : R. P. MASANI
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- ISBN : 9876543210XXX
The now legendary journey began in December, 1972, and lasted a hundred days. It was without precedent in the history of theater. Brook and his international troupe of actors left their base in Paris and disappeared into the heart of the Sahara desert. From there, they began their astonishing journey in search of the miraculous that took them 8,500 miles through the remote villages of Africa until the exhausted expedition came full circle, ending in the desert where it began. Part theater expedition and experiment, part spiritual search and comedy of errors, Brook's adventure was in essence a search for a new beginning and a completely new form of theater. The actors performed at each village they came to improvising before stunned villagers with whom they shared no common language. The outcome was to have far-reaching implications for the future of theater and a seminal impact on all of Brook's groundbreaking work thereafter - from his ninety-minute Carmen to his seven-hour epic, The Mahabharata. This classic book is the most penetrating account written about the ideas and personality of the man described as the world's greatest theater director.