Part III, Chapter XXIII = LXXIII: On Chaste and Virtuous Women.
f276b f282a 1759 Introduction. The three kinds of women described, in reply to a man who had already consulted ninety-nine persons on the choice of a wife, by one of the Imám Abú Ḥanífa’s colleagues who was feigning madness.
f277a f282b 1760 David, the prophet, explains the enigmatic advice of his young son about the choice of a wife.
1761 The story of the divorce of a virtuous wife who was very obedient to her husband, even though she did not like him at all.
f277b 1762 The pathetic contentment of a beautiful woman, and her submissiveness towards her ugly and cruel husband.
1763 al-Aṣma‘í’s surprise at the incongruous union of a beautiful and eloquent woman with an ugly Bedouin.
f278a f283a 1764 The wife of a follower of the Prophet is promised the divine reward on account of her having acquiesced in the second marriage of her husband.
1765 The saintly woman Rábi‘a warns indirectly a cruel governor, appointed by al-Ḥajjáj in Baṣra, of the inevitable retribution.
1766 The ordeals which Marḥúma, the virtuous and the fair, had to suffer on account of her fatal beauty and extreme purity.
f279a f283b 1767 A noble of Baṣra cowed by the bold remark of the pious wife of his gardener.
1768 The chaste daughter of an ‘Alawí contrives her own death at the hands of Burqu‘í(?), the chief of the invading band of the Zangís, rather than face ignominy.
f279b 1769 An account of a virtuous woman in the days of the mother of Khwája ‘Abdu’l-Malik(?).
1770 A chaste woman rebukes an ‘Alawí who wanted to commit sin.
f284a 1771 A pious woman vindicates her honour by offering her eyeballs to ‘Utba b. Ghulám, which leads to his penitence.
1772 The conviction of a tailor about the chastity of wives.
f280a 1773 The unshaken constancy of Ná’ila to the Caliph ‘Uthmán.
      The chapter ends with a panegyric on the Wazír.