your fate is so bloody–
and every second
your condition must change again.
My soul, what business do you have
in this body of mine?–
Since, when your business is done,
you’ll just be out of it.
trans. Juan Cole
from Whinfield 28
Juan Cole is the founder and chief editor of Informed Comment. He is Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan He is author of, among many other books, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Follow him on Twitter at @jricole or the Informed Comment Facebook Page
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