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Attar, Farid od-Din Mohammad ebn Ebrahim (1119-1229?), Persian poet and druggist, born in Nishapur. Attar was a believer in the theosophical tenets of the mystical Sufi movement. He traveled widely through Egypt, Turkestan, and India, always returning to Nishapur. Attar was an extremely prolific writer; his most celebrated work is Mantiq ut-Tair (Language of Birds), a poem of 4600 couplets that expounds through allegory the Sufist doctrine of human and divine union. His other important writings are Pandnamah (Book of Counsel) and Bulbul Namah (Book of the Nightingale).

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