Part I, Chapter XII: On sound judgments which enhanced the success of Kings.
      Introduction in which the excellence of mature judgment is shown. (Mutanabbí is cited and the author’s own work, the Kitáb-i-Mádayiḥu’s-Sulṭán, is referred to).
f160a f109b 613 A philosopher’s opinion about the comparative merits of wisdom and bravery.
f160b f110a 614 Abú ‘Abdi’llah advises al-Manṣúr to train al-Hádí his son in his own presence.
615 Ṭamgháj, the governor of Damascus, detained from the holy pilgrimage.
616 Shír advises Abu’l-Jaysh Khúmárawayh b. Aḥmad b. Ṭúlún (270—282 A. H. = 883—895 A. D.) not to send his ring as a sign of truce to the defeated Kháqán-i-Muflijí, the ally of Afshín.
617 The Qayṣar of Rúm abstains from invading the country of ‘Abdu’l-Malik b. Marwán while he is engaged in war with Muṣ‘ab.
f161a 618 Háshim b. Aḥmad prevails upon Ḥasan b. Ismá‘íl not to cook any dish for the Caliph al-Mutawakkil, lest he might be accused of poisoning.
f110b 619 The Prophet solves the riddle of the resetting of the Black Stone.
620 ‘Abdu’llah b. Ṭáhir proves loyal to his master the Caliph al-Ma’mún, who appointed him as the Governor of Egypt.
f161b f111a 621 The advice of Abú Manṣúr Ṭalḥa to the Amír Ismá‘íl the Sámánid against his brother Naṣr.
f162a 622 How Khwája Aḥmad b. Ḥasan Maymandí was saved from the wrath of Sultan Maḥmúd.
f162b f111b 623 Sulaymán the Prophet refuses the cup of Eternal Life.
f112a 624 The misfortune of al-Amín due to the lack of experienced counsellors.
f163a 625 Diw-i-Gáw-Páy, the king of the giants, and the counsel of his three ministers.
626 ‘Abdu’l-Malik b. Marwán advised to appoint his son to the Department of doles, public grants and war plunder, in order to win popularity.
f163b f112b 627 ‘Alá’u’d-Dawla Mas‘úd the Ghaznawid collects the corrupted Indian coin and issues genuine ones, in order to restore public peace.
628 The king of Zábulistán decoyed to ruin by a faithful Wazír of his opponent the Rája of Qannúj.
f113a 629 A hoax played upon Sultan Maḥmúd, during his campaign of Somnath, by the Hindús.
f164a f113a 630 The Amír Ismá‘íl b. Aḥmad the Sámánid burns the letters sent to ‘Amr b. Layth by the traitors in his own camp.
631 Furú‘án or Furúghán (?), the field-marshal of ‘Amr b. Layth, invades Sha­káwand and cheats Kamlú (?), the Rája of India.
f113b 632 Sabuktagín plays a trick upon Abú ‘Alí Símjúrí and defeats him.
f164b 633 ‘Amr b. Layth hangs an old counsellor of the Amír of Sístán lest he might dislodge him one day.
634 Sultan Maḥmúd’s trick against the fugitive slaves who joined the rebel­lious party of Khalaf b. Aḥmad of Sístán.
f114a 635 The story of the two slaves of Alexander, Nadhír the punisher and Bashír the rewarder, as narrated by Qábús b. Washmgír.
f165a 636 The reason of Khwája ‘Abdu’l-Ḥamíd’s imprisonment. (The Kitáb Ganj-i-Khirad of the same person is referred to).
637 Alexander adopts the institution of Mulúku’ṭ-Ṭawá’if at the advice of Aris­totle. (Anec. repeated, see supra Anec. 154).
638 Dihqán-i-Hishám pretends illness and saves his property from the machi­nations of ‘Alí b. ‘Ísá Máhán.
f114b 639 The Sultan Maḥmúd trapped in a covert after his victory at Khwárazm escapes cleverly incognito.
f165b 640 Mu‘taṣim sends a poisoned turban to ‘Abdu’llah b. Ṭáhir and invites him through a beautiful girl, and Ismá‘íl his counsellor’s warning.
641 Aḥnaf b. Qays’s desire to cope with ‘Amr ibnu’l-‘Áṣ in the “Arbitra­tion”, and ‘Alí’s absolute refusal to give him the power of mediation.
f166a f115a 642 Ma‘n b. Zá’ida’s strategem against a governor of Yaman to gain the favour of al-Manṣúr.
643 Ḥámid-i-‘Abbás imprisoned by Ismá‘íl-i-Bulbul, released at the intercession of an old friend. T. F. S.
f115b 644 How Aḥmad b. ‘Ísá b. Zayd and Qásim b. ‘Alí, the father of the claimant Muḥammad Abi’l-Qásim, escape from prison. T. F. S.
f166b 645 Ma’mún’s preference for his Shí‘a followers from Khurásán, their incapacity, and the appointment of the people of ‘Iráq for the ṣettlement of the revenue. (T. F. S. pt. II, ch. vii, p. 8).
646 Rupture between Sa‘íd b. Makhlad and the Amír Abú Núḥ at the court of al-Mutawakkil, and their reconciliation through their friends’ diplomacy.
f167a f116a 647 The ruin of Baní Qurayẓa due to the rejection of Ka‘b b. Asad al-Quraẓí’s proposals. (Cf. H. S. R. pp. 685—6).
648 The disagreement of Durayd b. aṣ-Ṣimma of the tribe of Jusham and Málik b. ‘Awf of the tribe of Naṣr, and their defeat and ruin. (Cf. H. S. R. pp. 840—6).
f167b 649 The Prophet approves the plan of retreating quietly, if the Battle of Badr proved a failure. (Cf. H. S. R. pp. 439—40).
650 Abú Jahl rejects the counsel of ‘Umayr b. Wahb Jumaḥí before the Battle of Badr, and is defeated in the end. (Cf. H. S. R. pp. 441—2).
f116b 651 The Prophet orders a hasty march to Madína, as a counter-stroke to the threat of ‘Abdu’llah b. Ubayy b. Salúl who wanted to create a split between the “Anṣárs” and the “Muhájirs”. (Cf. H. S. R. pp. 726—7).
f168a f117a 652 The dissatisfaction of the “Anṣárs” at the Prophet’s lavishing rewards on the new converts of Quraysh after the victory of Mecca, and the Prophet’s soothing appeal. (Cf. H. S. R. pp. 880—882, 885—6).
653 ‘Amr ibnu’l-‘Áṣ’s slackness and the Caliph ‘Umar’s strong determination to stop heresy at the death of the Prophet.
f168b f117b 654 Khálid b. Walíd’s campaign against the impostor Musaylima.
655 Nomination of generals by the Caliph ‘Umar and Khálid b. Walíd’s victory over Rúm.
f118a 656 Khálid b. Walíd captures a band of unbelievers that lived in the midst of a desert.
f169a 657 Khálid b. Walíd’s capture of Damascus.
658 The disaster to the Muslim army under Abú ‘Ubayda ath-Thaqafí in one of his Persian campaigns.
659 The advance of Qa‘qá‘, and the victory of Jalúlá.
f169b f118b 660 ‘Umar’s determination to fight at Naháwand and strike at the heart of the Persian Empire immediately, against the malicious advice of the Marzubán.
661 ‘Umar and Aḥnaf’s b. Qays plan to give a deathblow to the remaining power and prestige of Persia.
662 ‘Alí’s proposal about the arrangement and leadership of the Persian campaign, which was accepted by the Caliph ‘Umar.
f119a 663 A strategem of Ṭalḥa for the evacuation of a fortress on the occasion of the Battle of Naháwand.
f170a * 664 Aḥnaf follows a suggestion of one of his soldiers and defeats Yazdigird.
665 Heraclius’s advice to his men on the approach of the Muslim army.
f170b 666 The Caliph ‘Uthmán’s consultation regarding the improvement of the Provincial administration and the management of his lieutenants.
f119b 667 The Caliph ‘Alí’s help to ‘Uthmán in the administration of the Caliphate.
668 The Caliph ‘Alí’s persistence in deposing Mu‘áwiya against the sound judgment of ‘Abdu’llah b. ‘Abbás.
f171a f120a 669 Aḥnaf b. Qays’s promise of support to ‘Alí against ‘Á’ísha.
670 The intrigues of Mu‘áwiya against Qays b. Sa‘d b. ‘Ubáda, the governor of Egypt, to weaken the power of ‘Alí.
f171b f120b 671 Mu‘áwiya strengthens his own cause under pretence of the avenging the murder of ‘Uthmán the Caliph.
f172a 672 Negotiations and promises between Mu‘áwiya and ‘Amr ibnu’l-‘Áṣ for the purpose of overthrowing ‘Alí.
f121a 673 ‘Amr ibnu’l-‘Áṣ’s diplomatic stroke at the close of the Battle of Ṣiffín. “The Word of God as the sole arbitrator”.
f172b 674 ‘Amr ibnu’l-‘Áṣ’s hypocrisy in the “Arbitration”.
f173a f122a 675 How Mu‘izzu’d-Dawla suppressed the revolt of Rúzbihán the Daylamite governor of Ahwáz.
      The chapter ends without any praise or conclusion.