May 31, 2007

The linguist is the Sufi

From Reza Aslan's No god but God:

(The passage begins on the previous page, with "Consider the following parable originally composed by the great-")

Yes, it's the other sense of linguist -- someone who "speaks several languages fluently" (as the AHD4 puts it).  But, still, it's nice to have the quotation, "the linguist is the Sufi, who enlightens humanity".

(Thanks to Mae Sander, who told me about the passage and then scanned it in for me.)

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Posted by Arnold Zwicky at May 31, 2007 02:28 PM