Alternate names/spellings: FariÌ„d al-DiÌ„n Ê»AtÌ£tÌ£aÌ„r, Farid Ud-Din Attar
Dates: 1145 - 1221 (Dates are approximate. )
Farid ud-Din â€˜Attar (c. 1145-1221) was an influential Sufi (Muslim mystic) poet, hagiographer and philosopher from Nishapur, Persia. â€˜Attar was born to a wealthy chemist and as an adult owned a successful pharmacy. Much about his transition from secular, financial success to prominence as a mystic is unclear. His most famous work, the Conference of the Birds, is an allegorical Sufi poem, using the story of birds seeking a king to illustrate Sufi principles.