The Conference of the Birds - Farid ud-Din Attar Translated with
an Introduction by Afkham Darbandi and Dick DavisIntroduction
The Conference of the Birds
Farid Ud-Din Attar, recognised as one of the greatest poets of
Persia, was born around 1120 A.D. in Nishapur (also the birth place
of Omar Khayyam) in North Eastern Iran, and died shortly before
1220. He was one of the earliest Sufi poets of Persia. His other
chief works are Memorial of the Saints, The Book of the
Divine, The Book of Affliction and The Book of
Dick Davis is Professor of Persian and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University. He has published five books of poetry, critical works and translations from Italian as well as from Persian. He translated The Legend of Seyavash by Ferdowsi for Penguin Classics, and also edited Edward FitzGerald's Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam for Penguin.
Afkham Darbandi was born in 1948 in Tehran, where she grew up. She trained as a nurse and then as a translator. She and Dick Davis were married in 1974.
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