Digital content studies and the connective humanities
Sunday, 4 June 2017
Quotes 2017 #154
"The first animal to learn of Adam's fall to earth was the eagle. It
was a friend of the whale, and it came to him and said: 'Today I saw a
large creature that was, by turns, dejected and happy, standing and
sitting, coming and going.' The whale said: 'If what you are saying is
true, then the time has come when I may not share the seas with him nor
you the land. I bid you farewell.' So the vulture went to Adam and
befriended him, and other beasts and birds came
to Adam and befriended him, and wept alongside him for an age. When all
of this weeping vexed them, they left him and only the vulture
remained, and he continued to weep."
Shihab Al-Din Al-Nuwayri, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition. (Elias Muhanna trans.)
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