Written in the twelfth century by the Persian poet and mystic Farid ud-Din Attar, The Conference of the Birds tells how the birds of the world have gathered to search for a mythological king.Each of the birds represents a different human type – a coward, a lover – and much of the poem consists of stories told by their leader in answer to their objections to the journey or their questions about it. The journey taken by the birds is an allegory for the different stages on the Sufi path to enlightenment and the soul’s search for unity with the Divine. For this exquisite book, Farah K. Behbehani relates the tales of the ten birds and their leader, illustrating the Arabic name of each bird in Jali Diwani calligraphy. A line from the Arabic version of the poem that captures each bird's essence is also illustrated and explained. 84 color illustrations
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Farah K. Behbehani was educated at Boston University and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London. She has studied with the renowned calligrapher Khaled al-Saai and recently won an award at the Sharjah Biennial of Calligraphy. She lives in England.
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Descrizione libro Thames and Hudson, London, 2009. First Edition. 34 x 23 cm 166 pp with numerous colour illustrations of calligraphy including many fold-outs. Cloth, with gilt titles and decoration, fine in fine cloth covered slipcase. Codice libro della libreria 11674
Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, New York, 2009. 1st. Design and Calligraphy by Farah K. Behbehani. Small folio, 166pp, in teal cloth in slipcase. Includes a scroll-cut bookmark with a key explaining how to read Jali Diwani calligraphy. SIGNED by the artist. Condition is Extremely Fine, with only slight traces of wear at the extremities of the slipcase. -Shelved in Case #11. Dupont. Codice libro della libreria 9-114-1193769