The companion to the Folger Theatre play "The Conference of the birds" based on the poem by Farid Uddi Attarb.
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.
Paperback, 1984. ISBN 978-0-1404-4434-6. Penguin Classics. 240 pages. Ages 18 and up.