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The Language of the Birds
by Alisher Nava'i | Religion & Spirituality
Registered by wingholle77wing of Meschede, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 4/6/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wingholle77wing from Meschede, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, April 06, 2012

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The Language of the Birds is a masterpiece of Eastern Turkish literature (now Uzbek), and was written by Alisher Nava'i, one of Central Asia's most prominent poets. The story begins with the birds of the world who realize, that they are far from their king and so they begin their journey with the assistance of the wise bird Hoopoe as their guide. Hoopoe listens to their complaints and excuses along the way and encourages them to seek true life even though the journey is sometimes painful. This epic poem in prose form contains many anecdotes and stories from the oral history of the Silk Road and Islam.
Alisher Nava'i (1441-1501) is renowned in Central Asia for his numerous writings and lasting influence in Uzbekistan as well as the other Central Asian republics. In modern Uzbekistan, Nava'i is revered above all other poets and his presence is still found - streets, museums, and even a province and city are name after him. His proverbs are found throughout Central Asia and he is considered the father of the Uzbek language. In The Language of the Birds, we are introduced to what Nava'i thought is important in life. It is a world of love that goes beyond the rational and is ready to endure anything for the beloved.

I don't find it difficult to read and understand the English translation, but I find it sometimes difficult to understand because of the culture and philosphy or theology. Though I think that I have not to poor knowledge of the Islam this book has some mystic sense.
Even if I didn't understand all in the right way (as I guess) I really liked to read it. 


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