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    Description'Mantiqu't-Tair' is one of the masterpieces of Persian literature of which a complete and annotated translation into English is here presented for the first time as 'The Speech of the Birds'. The text revolves around the decision of the birds of the world to seek out a king. Their debilitating doubts and fears, the knowing counsel of their leader Hoopoe, and their choice of the Simurgh as a king, is in reality an allegory of the spiritual path of Sufism with its demands, its hazards and its infinite rewards. The poem contains many admonitory anecdotes and exemplary stories, including numerous references to some of the early Muslim mystics such as Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya, Abu Sa'id ibn Abi'l-Khair, Mansur al-Hallaj and Shibli, among others. 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. The result is a fascinating insight into a remarkable aspect of Islam: the world of ecstatic love of the Persian mystics. 'The Speech of the Birds' will be of interest to everyone who values great literature, as well as to all students of Persian and Sufism.

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    The Speech of the Birds
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Farid Ud-Din Attar, Translated by Peter Avery
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 582
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 839 g
    ISBN 13: 9780946621705
    ISBN 10: 0946621705

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    B&T General Subject: 690
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    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2BXF
    DC22: 891.5511
    Ingram Theme: RELI/ISLAM
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90
    BISAC V2.8: REL037000
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    BISAC V2.8: REL090000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25790
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004220
    LC classification: PK6451.F4 M2813 1998
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    New edition
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    New edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    The Islamic Texts Society
    Imprint name
    The Islamic Texts Society
    Publication date
    01 June 1999
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    Author Information
    Brought up in a Sufi ambiance, the author of this work, Faridu'd-Din Attar (1145-1221), was an apothecary who lived near Nishapur. Attar, whom legend describes as having taken to the Sufi path in earnest after he witnessed a dervish surrender his soul outside his shop, went on to become one of the most famous Sufi poets in history, best known for his classical work the 'Mantiqu't-Tair'. Peter Avery, the translator of this book, was Persian lecturer at Cambridge from 1958 until 1990.
    Review quote
    'Avery's "The Speech of the Birds" is the first complete translation in prose of Attar's "Mantiqu't-Tair". More important, Avery's copious notes...are invaluable - a real mini-encyclopaedia of mysticism in general and of Sufism in particular, which enhances the understanding and the pleasure of poetry.' Times Higher Education Supplement.
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgement; Preface; Introduction; Part One: Prologue; Part Two: The Book; Notes Part One; Notes Part Two; Appendix I: Stories in the 'Mantiqu't-Tair'; Appendix II: "The Birds' Story" of Ahmad al-Ghazali.