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    The Conference of the Birds (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)(English / Persian) By (author) Farid Attar, By (author) Farid Ud-Din Attar, Edited by Afkham Darbandi, Translated by Afkham Darbandi, Edited by Dick Davis, Translated by Dick Davis

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    DescriptionComposed 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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    The Conference of the Birds
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Farid Attar, By (author) Farid Ud-Din Attar, Edited by Afkham Darbandi, Translated by Afkham Darbandi, Edited by Dick Davis, Translated by Dick Davis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 220 g
    ISBN 13: 9780140444346
    ISBN 10: 0140444343

    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BIC subject category V2: HPD
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    DC22: 891.5511
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    Ingram Theme: RELI/ISLAM
    B&T General Subject: 640
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25200
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 891/.5511
    B&T Approval Code: A24560000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL090000, POE013000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 297.4
    BISAC V2.8: POE008000
    LC classification: PK6451.F4 M2813 1984
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    LC classification: PK6451.F4M
    Thema V1.0: QDH
    Penguin Books Ltd
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    Publication date
    03 July 1984
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    Farid ud-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.
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    "This felicitous translation is a classic and reaches the widest possible audience."--David Azzolina, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania