RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 778810240 LA In English; translated from Persian. T1 The conference of the birds A1 ʻAṭṭār, Farīd al-Dīn,, Davis, Dick,, Darbandi, Afkham,, PB Penguin Books PP London, England; New York, NY, U.S.A. YR 2011 AB Overview: The acclaimed translation of a magnificent work of Persian poetry-now updated with new material. Composed in the twelfth century in northeastern Iran, Farid Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvelous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism, it describes the pilgrimage of the world's birds in search of their ideal king, the Simorgh bird, and the arduous journey they take to reach him. This masterly translation preserves the poem's rhymed couplet form and nuances of language. Here is the great 12th-century mystical poem in an inexpensive unabridged translation.