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The Speech of the Birds

300 LE

Short Description:
Authors : Faridu’d-Din ‘Attar Presented by Peter Avery
  • Publisher: American University Press Cairo
  • Pages: 582
  • Hard Cover: False
  • ISBN: 9780946621705
  • Publishing Date: 1998

Mantiqu’t-Tair is one of the masterpieces of Persian literature of which a complete and annotated translation into English in here presented for the first time as The Speech of the Birds. The Speech of the Birds revolves around the decision of the birds of the world to seek a king. Their debilitating doubts and fears, the knowing counsel of their leader the Hoopoe, and their choice of the Simurgh as king, is in reality an allegory of the spiritual path of Sufism with its demands, its hazards, and its infinite rewards. 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 the ecstatic love and ultimate sacrifice of the Persian mystics who, in their wise discernment of the true meaning of life, relinquish all for All. Peter Avery is a well-known expert of Persian literature having spent a decade in the Middle East and been Persian lecturer at Cambridge from 1958 until 1990. In his retirement, he has devoted his time to translating and annotating works of the great Persian poets. He is at present engaged in rendering the Divan of Hafiz into English