Part III, Chapter XXII = LXXII: On Ingenious and Intelligent women.
ff273 f280a 1742 Introduction, showing the superiority of some women to men. Ásiya, the virtuous wife of Pharaoh, demands the fulfilment of the contract which her proud husband after the loss of his wager desired to break wantonly; and insists on his walking round his palace naked, so that the white spot of leprosy on his back is discovered.
ff273 f280b 1743 An estimation of Dhu’n-Nún of Egypt by a Byzantine girl, and her three piquant remarks.
f274a 1744 Ziyád b. Abíhi, while passing by the mansion of Nu‘mán b. Mundhir, the famous king of Ḥíra, visits his daughter and asks the definition of ”World”; at which she wisely sums up the phenomena of the world by comparing the by-gone days of the glory of her family with their present pitiable condition.
1745 The bold answer whereby Sayyida, the mother of Majdu’d-Dawla, suc­ceeded in preventing Sultan Maḥmúd from attacking her capital, Rayy. (Cf. Qábús-náma, pp. 128—9, see above, pp. 95—6).
1746 Búrán divines the secret of al-Ma’mún about the advice of the famous court-physician, Bukht-Yishú‘, concerning abstinence from women.
f274b f281a 1747 Lubába or Lubána, a favourite slave-girl of al-Amín, advises him to make a compromise with his brother al-Ma’mún.
f275a 1748 Muhannada, a slave-girl, and her clever suggestion to the Caliph al-Manṣúr by which she seduced him.
1749 Masrúra, the slave-girl, and her seductive conversation with the Caliph Hárún.
1750 Dalla, the cunning woman, outwitted by the wife of a cloth-merchant.
f275b 1751 The witty replies of an Abyssinian girl to the Caliph Hárún.
f281b 1752 The jests which passed between Muhallab b. Abí Ṣufra and a singing-girl, Badá’i‘a.
1753 al-Aṣma‘í and a beautiful woman in a fruit shop interchange witty remarks by citing Verses from the Qur’án.
1754 an-Náṭifí’s favourite girl recites a touching Verse (Qur’án, XXXVIII, 22) in her melodious voice about the brother who possessed 99 cows, and the other who had only one; upon which the Caliph Hárún is moved and restores her to her lamenting owner.
1755 The witty remark of an old woman to one of the retainers of the Caliph al-Ma’mún, when he had presented her request to the Caliph.
f276a 1756 The tactful congratulatory address of Zubayda, the mother of al-Amín, after al-Ma’mún’s succession to the Caliphate.
1757 The mystery of the casket and its precious contents, which the mother of Ja‘far, the Barmecide, so carefully guarded.
f276b f282a 1758 A pointed reply of a woman of the tribe of Ṭayy about the uniqueness of Ḥátim in her tribe, in allusion to the Caliph al-Mahdí.
      The chapter ends as usual with a panegyric on the Wazír.