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As a young man he made a pilgrimage to Mecca, and sought wisdom during his travels in Egypt, Damascus and I. As a young man he made a pilgrimage to Mecca, and sought wisdom during his travels in Egypt, Damascus and India.
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This line poem follows the birds of the world, each of which hold special significance, as they seek out the Simorgh a mythical Persian bird much like the phoenix in hopes that he might be their king. The birds must cross seven valleys on their quest, each of which represents various trials that the individual must pass through to realize the true nature of God.
Within the overlying allegory, Attar captivates readers with short, charming stories in beautiful and clever language. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it.
See our disclaimer. His masterpiece, "The Conference of the Birds", has survived centuries because of its captivating poetic style and its symbolic exploration on the true nature of God. Customer Reviews.
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Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. Bird parliament 1. Bird Parliament Farid ud-Din Attar 2. This celebrated Sufi poem, also known as Conference of the Birds, by the 12th century Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar, is a tale of a journey of a group of thirty birds to the summit of the world mountain, Qaf.
An allegory of the Sufi journey to realization of the nature of God, each bird has a particular signficance, a special fault, and a tale to tell. In spite of its significance for world literature and the study of religion, Attar's poem was not translated in its entirety until the mid-twentieth century, and the standard English translations are hence not in the public domain. It is little known today, primarily because it was only published posthumously FitzGerald died in , in Letters and Literary Remains, edited by William Aldis Wright, in About the Author: "Farid ad-Din 'Attar c. He was the son of a prosperous chemist, receiving an excellent education in Arabic studies and medicine.
He helped his father in the store and, on his father's death, owned his own store. The people he helped in the pharmacy used to confide their troubles in Attar and this affected him deeply. Eventually, he abandoned his pharmacy store and travelled widely - Kufa, Mecca, Damascus, Turkistan, and India, meeting with Sufi shaykhs - and returned promoting Sufi ideas.
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