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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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Like the birds of this story, we may take flight together, but the journey itself will be mzntiq for each of us. This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat For other uses, see Conference of the Birds disambiguation.

We are the birds in the story. Articles containing Persian-language text. Within the larger context of the story of the journey of the birds, Attar masterfully tells the reader many didactic short, sweet manti in captivating poetic style. Folio from an illustrated manuscript dated c.

Attar’s masterful use of symbolism is a key, driving component of the poem. The hoopoethe wisest of them all, suggests that they should find the legendary Simorgh.

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John Heilpern gives an account of the events surrounding these performances in his book Conference of the Birds: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

The hoopoe tells the birds that they have to cross seven valleys in order to reach the abode of Simorgh. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Finally, only thirty birds make it to the abode of Simorgh. Views Read Edit View history.

Paintings by Habiballah of Sava active ca. According to Idries ShahChina as used here, is not the geographical China, but the jantiq of mystic experience, as inferred from the Hadith declared weak by Ibn Adee, but still used symbolically by some Sufis: They eventually come to understand that the majesty of that Beloved is like the sun that can be seen reflected in a mirror. All of us have our own ideas and ideals, our own fears and anxieties, as we hold on to our own version uf the truth.

In the poem, the birds of the world gather to decide who is to be their sovereign, as they have none. On the way, many perish of thirst, heat or illness, while others fall prey to wild beasts, panic, and violence. Retrieved from ” https: This adroit handling of symbolisms and allusions can be seen reflected in these tai.


Yet, whoever looks into that mirror will also behold his or her own image. Mnatiq stories inhabit the imagination, and slowly over time, their wisdom trickles down into the heart.

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It evolves as we evolve. The Story of Peter Brook in Africa. Attar tells us that truth is not static, and that we each tread a path according to our own capacity.

But despite their trepidations, they begin the great journey.

Mantiq ut-Tayr – Sheikh Fareeduddin Attar (Farsi)

The hoopoe leads the birds, each of whom represents a human fault which prevents human kind from attaining enlightenment. These valleys are as follows:. It was in China, late one moonless night, The Simorgh first appeared to mortal sight — Beside the symbolic use of the Simorgh, the allusion to China is also very atir.