Farid al-Din ‘Attar

Perfumer and apothecary turned Sufi theoretician and poet; most of what is known about Farid al-Din ‘Attar (c. 1142 – c. 1221‎) is legendary. Living in Nishapur, Iran, he was supposedly visited by a dervish who asked him how he could ever turn his mind to death with all the worldly goods he possessed. Deeply affected by the experience, ‘Attar became a Sufi and travelled for 39 years. Though he wrote several mystical allegories, ‘Attar is best known for The Conference of the Birds.