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The Speech of the Birds: Mantiqu't-Tair: Mantiqu't-Tair of Faridu'd-Din Attar (Islamic Texts Society) Paperback – 30 Jun 1998


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  • Paperback: 582 pages
  • Publisher: The Islamic Texts Society; New edition edition (30 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946621705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946621705
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Avery's "The Speech of the Birds" is the first complete translation in prose of Attar's "Mantiqu't-Tair". More important, Avery's copious notes...are invaluable - a real mini-encyclopaedia of mysticism in general and of Sufism in particular, which enhances the understanding and the pleasure of poetry.' Times Higher Education Supplement.

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‘Avery’s The Speech of the Birds is the first complete translation in prose of Attar’s Mantiqu’t-Tair. More important, Avery’s copious notes...are invaluable - a real mini-encyclopaedia of mysticism in general and of Sufism in particular, which enhances the understanding and the pleasure of poetry.’ Times Higher Education Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drejem on 24 Dec. 2012
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A classic translation in prose of one of the greatest masterpieces of Sufi literature. The Conference of the Birds is about Man's eternal quest for meaning and finding the Truth, told in one of the the most moving allegorical story of all times. A Persian classic of Islamic spirituality rendered brilliantly into modern English by Peter Avery
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excellent translations 15 May 2013
By ratry - Published on Amazon.com
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these english translations of attar's masterpiece 'Manteq aṭ-Ṭayr'are really good. I actually prefer this version of Peter Avery's over the more well known rhyming version by Dick Davis.Recommended, especially for all spiritual seekers interested in the spiritual tradition of Islamic Sufism.
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By Marina Montanaro - Published on Amazon.com
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The translation is excellent, informative, full of notes that expand one's knowledge. You don't have to be a Professor to appreciate it, just an informed lover of Persian Poetry. I had already another translation (Dick Davis) and would highly recommend to buy both, one (Davis) for the beautiful rendering of the sound (music intrinsic into the poem), the other (Avery) for its accuracy.
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