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 and 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. Follow him at @jricole.
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