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Originally posted on GOATMILK: An intellectual playground edited by Wajahat Ali:
Nasruddin’s Coat, thoughts on ‘Muslim Art’ and why you should support Lena Khan and Ridwan Adhami
Bilal Hassam 02/08/13
“Hodja Effendi,” the classic short tale begins, “last night I was passing by your house and I heard a lot of commotion. What was all that racket?”
“Nothing serious. My wife just threw my coat down the stairs,” the wise man replied.
“But Effendi, how could a coat falling down the stairs make that much noise?”
“Ahh. You see… at the time, I happened to be in it!”
The gregarious tales of the legendary Nasruddin Hodga have engaged and amused people for centuries. Beneath the mystical slapstick and mischievous satire, however, bubbles timeless wisdom. I’ve often chuckled at this short story without giving it much thought. But just what is Nasruddin telling us? What is all the noise and commotion? What does the coat represent?
A couple weeks ago, The Leaf…
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