Part IV, Chapter XI = LXXXVI: On Persons who fell in the Whirlpool of Love and succeeded in it.
f37b f316b 1899 A short introduction. The infatuation of Abu’l-Ḥasan b. Maymún b. al-Afṭas, the Wazír of the Caliph al-Muttaqí, for a girl-musician, and how the Caliph rewarded him with the offer of the girl and pacified him to his heart’s content. (Cf. T. F. S. II, xiii, pp. 149—151).
f39a f317b 1900 The anguish of a youth of Baghdád at the loss of his favourite girl-musician, and the generosity of the Háshimí who restored her to him. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., pp. 151—6).
f41b f319b 1901 A notable of Baṣra, when reduced to poverty, sells his favourite slave-girl to the Amír ‘Umar b. ‘Ubaydu’llah b. Mu‘ammar at-Tamímí; but the Amír, seeing their lamentable condition and their deep affection for each other, reunites the lovers. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., pp. 156—7).
1902 Ja‘far b. Yaḥyá, the Barmecide, goes in disguise to hear the music of a slave-girl who was being offered for sale, and witnessing the passionate attachment of the youth who owned her, at the recommendation of Isḥáq-i-Mawṣilí restores him to prosperity and bestows his favour on him. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., pp. 157—160).
f43a f320b 1903 ‘Abdu’llah b. Ja‘far b. Abí Ṭálib magnanimously offers the slave-girl whom he had bought from a youth of Mecca to her former owner, after hearing of their mutual love. Similarly ‘Abdu’s-Salám b. Abí Sulaymán, the client of Aslam, in the hope of a similar reward from the Ál-i-Ṭalḥa, asks for a girl whose sale was completed; but is disappointed. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., pp. 161—2).
* f321a 1904 Abú Isḥáq al-Marwazí, the Sháfi‘í doctor and teacher’s request to Abú Bakr b. Abí Ḥámid, the chief officer of the Baytu’l-Mál, on behalf of a student from Khurásán, for the return of the slave-girl who had been purchased for him by one of his servants, and Abú Bakr’s readiness in granting the petition. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., pp. 162—3).
f44a * 1905 Another version of the same story. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., pp. 163—4).
f44b f321a 1906 Ḥasan b. Sahl Qusṭás takes pity on a merchant who sold his slave-girl, and returns her to him. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., pp. 164—5).
f45a f321b 1907 How Isḥáq al-Mawṣilí won a beautiful musician-girl. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., pp. 165—7).
f46a f322a 1908 Numayr b. Khalaf or <Arabic>(?) al-Hilálí relates the story of the romantic adventure of Bishr or Sírín b. ‘Abdu’llah called al-Ashtar, and the part of confidant which he played in helping him to enjoy the society of his beloved Jaydá. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., pp. 167—8).
f46b f322b 1909 ‘Ísá b. Músá al-Háshimí unconsciously pronounces a conditional divorce, and in distress asks the help of the Caliph al-Manṣúr, who consults a disciple of the Imám Abú Ḥanífa, who releases him from the vow. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., p. 172).
f47a * 1910 The vow of the poet ’Imra’u’l-Qays before his marriage, and the girl who outwitted him and whom he married at last. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., pp. 176—7).
f48a f323a 1911 The life-story of the famous lovers, Qays and Lubná, and the kindness of the Imám Ḥusayn towards them. (Cf. T. F. S. ibid., pp. 177—181).
      The chapter ends with a panegyric on the Wazír.
      N. B. This chapter is entirely taken from at-Tanúkhí’s al-Faraj ba‘da’sh-Shidda II, xiii, pp. 151—181; consequently most of the proper names have been corrected, while others are supplied from it.