THE SHAYKH OF SAN
AN BENEATH THE WINDOW OF THE CHRISTIAN GIRL, FROM A MANUSCRIPT OFATTAR, MANTIQ AL-TAYR, DATED AH 898 (1493-94 AD), BODLEIAN LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD – TAASA Review March 2012
Infidelity rose from the road, and faith set in The idol-worshipper of Rome returned to worship of the Lord (Mantiq al-Tayr 1539). Spurred by her own dream-vision, the Christian girl then begs the shaykh to accept her conversion to Islam.
Newly converted, however, she cannot bear the pain of separation, and dies on the spot.
`Attar concludes that: Such fate befalls one oftentimes upon the road of love They only know who know the load of love (Mantiq al-Tayr 1597). This story to whose poetic beauty the foregoing summary does scant justice seems on the surface to present a rather orthodox view of the relation between love and religious devotion...