"I wear my specs. sinyuan: omg, are those transition specs? me: huh? wassat? sinyuan: oh, those which turn darker in the sun and the sort ... me: ohhhhhh, that. no la, where got. sinyuan: u sure a not! me: yes, very."
"A Muslim caliph’s duty is to aim for the al wassat, the ideal middle between two extremes — between earthly temptations and celestial aspirations, life and death, pleasure and war."