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Mantiq-ut-Tayr, The Conference of the Birds or Speech of the Birds, is an long poem of approximately lines written in Persian by the poet Shaykh Farid. Abstract: Mantiq Ut-tair, The Conference of the Birds, was composed in the twelfth century by the Persian poet, Farid ud-Din Attar, in the form of an allegorical. Mantiq Ut-tair, The Converence of the Birds [Farid ud-Din Attar] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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On the way, many perish of thirst, heat or illness, while others fall prey to wild beasts, panic, and violence. For other uses, see Conference of the Birds disambiguation.

This adroit handling of symbolisms and allusions can be seen reflected in these lines:. We are the birds in the story. But despite their trepidations, they begin the great journey. Paintings by Habiballah of Sava active ca. Yet, whoever looks into that mirror will also behold his or her own image. The Story of Peter Brook in Africa.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Within the larger context of the story of the journey of the birds, Attar masterfully tells the reader many didactic short, sweet stories in captivating poetic style.


They eventually come to understand that the majesty of that Beloved is like the sun that can be seen reflected in a mirror. Articles containing Persian-language text. The hoopoe tells the birds that they have to cross seven valleys in order to reach the abode of Simorgh. The stories inhabit the imagination, and slowly over time, their wisdom trickles down into the heart.

Mantiq ut-Tayr – Sheikh Fareeduddin Attar (Farsi)

Like the birds of this story, we may take flight together, but the journey itself will be different for each of us. Attar tells us that truth is not static, and that we each tread a path according to our own capacity.

All of us have our own ideas and ideals, our own fears and anxieties, as we hold on to our own version of the truth. Attar’s masterful use of symbolism is a key, driving component of the poem.

The hoopoe leads the birds, each of whom represents a human fault which prevents human kind from attaining enlightenment. Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat The hoopoethe wisest of them all, suggests that they should find the legendary Simorgh.

Finally, only thirty birds make it to the abode of Simorgh. Those who are trapped within their own dogma, clinging to hardened beliefs or faith, are deprived of the journey toward the unfathomable Divine, which Attar calls the Great Ocean.


Catalog Record: The conference of the birds = Mantiq ut-Tair | Hathi Trust Digital Library

Retrieved from ” https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Heilpern gives an account of the events surrounding these performances in his book Conference of the Birds: Folio from an illustrated manuscript dated c. It evolves as we evolve.

According to Idries ShahChina as used here, is not the geographical China, but the symbol of mystic experience, as inferred from the Hadith declared weak by Ibn Adee, but still used symbolically by some Sufis: These valleys are as follows:. It was in China, late one tar night, The Simorgh first appeared to mortal sight — Beside the symbolic use of the Simorgh, the allusion to China is also very significant.

In the poem, the birds of the world gather to decide who is to be their sovereign, as they have none.