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The Conference of Birds (Penguin Classics)

Composed in the twelfth century in north-eastern Iran, Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvellous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism an esoteric system concerned with the search for truth through God it describes the consequences of the conference of the birds of the world when they meet to begin the search for their ideal king, the Simorgh bird. On hearing that to find him they must undertake an arduous journey, the birds soon express their reservations to their leader, the hoopoe.

cover of The Conference of Birds (Penguin Classics)author: Farid ud-Din Attar
ASIN or ISBN-10: 0140444343
binding: Paperback
list price: $16.00 USD
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The Legend of Seyavash (Persian Classics)

The Legend of Seyavash comes from the middle section of the Shahnameh, Iran’s national epic by the poet Ferdowsi (c 940–c 1020) and presents a world of warfare, military prowess, romance, guile, and fierce tribal loyalty. Ferdowsi’s epic style and mastery of poetic organization, however, is matched by the psychological and ethical depth of his insight and his concerns for the primal struggle between good and evil, and man’s continual attempt to create justice and civilized order out of the chaos of human greed and cruelty.

cover of The Legend of Seyavash (Persian Classics)author: Abolqasem Ferdowsi
ASIN or ISBN-10: 0934211914
binding: Paperback
list price: $19.95 USD
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Epic and Sedition: A Case of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh

Iran's national epic, the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, has traditionally been regarded by both Persians and Westerners as a poem celebrating the the central role of monarchy in Persian history. In this groundbreaking book, Dick Davis argues that the poem is far more than a patriotic chronicle of kingly deeds. Rather, it is a subtle and highly ambiguous discussion of authority, and far from being a celebration of monarchy, its most famous episodes and heroes amount to a radical critique of the institution.

cover of Epic and Sedition: A Case of Ferdowsi's Shahnamehauthor: Dick Davis
ASIN or ISBN-10: 1933823054
binding: Paperback
list price: $29.95 USD
amazon price: $22.74 USD


Three Poets in Conversation: Dick Davis Rachel Hadas Timothy Steele (Between the Lines)

Interviews of three young yet already established poets, Tim Steele, a California State professor, Dick Davis, an Ohio State professor, and Rachel Hadas, a Rutgers University professor.

cover of Three Poets in Conversation: Dick Davis Rachel Hadas Timothy Steele (Between the Lines)author: Dick Davis
ASIN or ISBN-10: 1903291143
binding: Paperback
list price: $23.95 USD
amazon price: $15.77 USD


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