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 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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