You who distill within you the whole world,
attend to this voice from the realm beyond:
You’re beast, and demon, angel, human being;
whatever you show forth, you are that thing.
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 497
Juan Cole is the founder and chief editor of Informed Comment. He is Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan and an adjunct professor, Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University. He is author of, among many other books, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires. Follow him on Twitter at @jricole or the Informed Comment Facebook Page
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