Attar and the Persian Sufi Tradition

The Art of Spiritual Flight
by L. Lewisohn & C. Shackle
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication Date: March 06, 2019

ISBN: 9781786720184

Binding: Kobo eBook

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Farid al-Din Attar (d. 1221) was the principal Muslim religious poet of the second half of the twelfth century. Best known for his masterpiece Mantiq al-tayr, or The Conference of Birds, his verse is still considered to be the finest example of Sufi love poetry in the Persian language after that of Rumi. Distinguished by their provocative and radical theology of love, many lines of Attar's epics and lyrics are cited independently of their poems as maxims in their own right. These pithy, paradoxical statements are still known by heart and sung by minstrels throughout Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and wherever Persian is spoken or understood, such as in the lands of the Indo-Pakistani Subcontinent.