Talk:Nasreddin

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Removal of Osho quote[edit]

User Cirt has removed a quote of Osho that I had included in the original version of this article. The removal was reverted by Kalki, who was re-reverted by Cirt without initiating a discussion on the talk page. I have now restored the status quo ante pending discussion here. As the one who originally included this quote, I will kick off discussion of whether to Keep or Remove it below. ~ Ningauble 17:21, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

  • Keep. As I have previously remarked elsewhere,[1][2] when I created this article I deliberately sought to include stories and versions from a variety of authors. Because the subject of the article is a body of very widespread folklore, I thought it best to include a diversity of perspectives and voices.

    I included the quote in dispute not because it is the subtlest or most polished of Nasreddin tales, it isn't, but because it exemplifies the didactic irony characteristic of the Sufi perspective on Nasreddin lore and is from a highly notable person who has published multiple works on Sufism. That he is also a controversial person has no bearing, except that the user seeking to expunge the quote might be well advised to leave it alone. ~ Ningauble 17:21, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

  • Keep — it is certainly a notable anecdote of a notable character by a notable person, and I applaud all efforts to include wide varieties of testimony about all things from a great variety of sources. Cirt often seems interested in promoting many negative notions about many people or ranges of ideas, and censoring or removing much that is positive or simply factual about people or ideas which is not in sufficient accord with Cirt's dispositions. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 21:31, 12 December 2011 (UTC) + tweak
  • Keep. The rationale above by Ningauble is a good one, and I respect his judgment in this matter. Cheers, -- Cirt (talk) 03:09, 13 December 2011 (UTC)