Discussion points for The Conference of the Birds
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Leila Golestenah Austin suggests questions and topics to encourage and guide group discussions.
How does the hoopoe become leader of the birds? Is he a competent leader?
How do you interpret the excuses the birds come up with for avoiding the perilous journey to find the Simorgh?
Which of the hoopoe's stories do you most identify with, and which least? Why?
The two Sufi themes that run through this poem are the necessity of destroying the Self and the need for passionate love. How do the stories depict the ideal of love? Why might some of the stories be considered scandalous?
Do you think that a journey with such inherent dangers is worth it? Explain your answer based on what the survivors gained from the journey.
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"Muslim Journeys | Item #284: Discussion points for The Conference of the Birds", July 23, 2018 http://bridgingcultures.neh.gov/muslimjourneys/items/show/284.