The conference of the birds: the selected Sufi poetry of Farid ud-Din Attar
A twelfth-century Sufi allegorical poem. The Conference of the Birds tells the story of the quest for a king undertaken by the birds of the world, as it also describes the Sufi (or mystical Islamic) path to enlightenment. Richly illustrated with illuminations from Persian manuscripts in the British Library.
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Abraha's Attar Bayazid Bistami beak beauty Beloved body breath centre courage craving creature dark death dervish disciples Divine drown dust earth earthbound empty enter eternal eyes face faith Farid Farid ud-Din Attar fate fear feathers find the Simurgh ghazal God's gold grace grief hear heart Heaven holy hoopoe replies hoopoe's Iblis ifyou Iran Islamic journey Kaaba Khidr King Leila light live look Love is fire lust Majnun manuscripts Mecca meek minbar mind Moses moth Murids mystery Nishapur obey ocean palace passing passion pilgrims poem poet pray prayer pride Quest reader rise Rumi Satan seek the Simurgh sense seven valleys Shabli shadows Sheikh sigh sight sing slave sorrow soul speak spirit stay Sufi Poetry Sufism swine TariQah tears tell things thirty birds thousand true trust understand Valley of Astonishment Valley of Love veil voice wings wish words