These two books are based on original poems by two Persian poets, Nizami Ganjavi and Farid al-Din Attar Nishapuri. They are adapted here for younger readers. The first, Eshke Shirin Khosrow (The Romance of Shirin and Khosrow), is by Nizami Ganjavi (1141-1209), who is especially remembered for being a "people's poet;" he seems to have routinely shunned opportunities to be a court poet, a considerably prestigious post at the time, which would have brought significant wealth and political influence. Nizami's poetry reflects the concerns of many of the people of his times: virtue, man's destiny, love and passion. This book is 80 pages. Considered one of the great Sufi poets in his native country, Farid al-Din Attar Nishapuri (1142-1220) is not as well known to Western readers. He ran an apothecary in his early years; after spending years listening to the many troubles of his clients (much like the stereotypical modern American bartenders), he left his trade to travel abroad. During his travels, he met many Sufi mystics and, eventually, became one himself. His story, Talkh va Shirin (Bitter and Sweet) is included here. This book is 38 pages. Both books are illustrated to help inspire the imagination.
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