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Farid al-Din Attar

Conference of the Birds
Conference of the Birds
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  • Authored by: Farid ud-Din al-Attar

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Details:  Conference of the Birds : A Seekers Journey to God,
[A5] Paperback - 72 pages,
by Farid 'ud-Din Attar,
Introduction by Andrew Harvey.

Description :

This text is an allegory of extreme measures for extreme times - the story of birds seeking a king represents the story of mankind seeking God. Direct and to the point, the authors intend the book to be suited to a time of intense spiritual seeking.

Written in the 12th Century, Farid ad-Din Attar's, may Allah be pleased with him, metaphorical tale of birds seeking a King (God) has inspired readers across time and around the world. In this edition, from R.P. Masani's 1923 translation, noted Sufi scholar and spiritual teacher Andrew Harvey sets the scene :

 '' The allegorical framework has the stark, luminous simplicity of Islamic calligraphy. You may believe you are reading a witty, dazzling allegory. Very soon, however, if your reading with attention, you will realise you are being drawn into a vision of a mystical path of the greatest depth.''  

Like the birds, we may anticipate our pilgrimage until we realise that we must relinquish our fears and hollow desires. One by one, the birds - and the different types of humans they represent - begin to make excuses.

Conference of the Birds is not for the faint hearted. Yet, if we want to know God and our own true and best selves, reading and re-reading these stories reveals the path. 

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*Dimensions : 20.8 x 13.7cm.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 17 December, 2012.

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