Part I. Chapter XVII. On the Anecdotes of the Qádhís or Judges.
f209a f151b 921 Introduction. A robbery in the house of an old miser, and the consolation offered to him by a learned neighbour.
f152a 922 A funny genealogical puzzle solved by a Qádhí at the court of the Caliph ‘Abdu’l-Malik b. Marwán.
f209b 923 The Qádhí Yaḥyá b. Aktham solves another riddle of a similar kind.
* 924 Muḥammad b. Ḥasan ash-Shaybání’s legal device to absolve the Wazír and to please the Caliph Hárún.
f152a 925 Abú Ibráhím b. Ismá‘íl b. Aḥmad al-Muzaní’s two visits to the Ṭúlúnid ruler Aḥmad and his opinion on chess.
926 The Caliph is persuaded by the Qádhí Yaḥyá b. Aktham to prohibit mut‘a, which he had permitted in a captured town of Rúm.
f210a f152b 927 ‘Abdu’llah b. Ṭáhir’s three questions and Abu’s-Samrá’’s solutions.
* 928 Ismá‘íl b. Ḥammád b. Abí Ḥanífa, the Qádhí of Baṣra, devises a plan to relieve his friend from the demands of his creditors.
f152b 929 Abú Yúsuf as a poor student, and the Imám Abú Ḥanífa’s patronage and encouragement of his learning.
f210b 930 The problem of the divorce of Zubayda, and the solution attempted by the Qádhí Abú Yúsuf and the consequent reward and emolument.
f153a 931 The limitation of the indefinite vow of al-Mutawakkil to seventy-one Dínárs, suggested by the Imám Muḥammad ibnu’r-Ridhá.
* 932 The Imám Abú Yúsuf’s congratulations to Zubayda on the Bay‘at of her little son al-Amín as the innocent Caliph.
* 933 Congratulation of a Qádhí to Abu’l-‘Abbás Furát on his appointment as governor of Kúfa, and the misinterpretation of the word ‘<Arabic>’ by a slave.
f211a f153a 934 The subtle device of the Imám Abú Ḥanífa to detect the real mother of a disputed child.
935 Sagacity of the Imám Abú Ḥanífa in detecting the thief that had stolen a treasure, which he had concealed under a tree.
* 936 Abú Ḥanífa suggests a means of destroying a bath-house that was damaging the house of the adjacent neighbour.
* 937 Another artifice suggested by Abú Ḥanífa to punish an impious neigh­bour who had erected a high building.
* 938 How Abú Ḥanífa got back the five Dirhams which a wretched water-bearer had extorted from him, while on his way to the Pilgrimage.
* 939 How Abú Ḥanífa baffles a dishonest trustee by challenging him in the matter of testimony.
f211b f153a 940 Abú Ḥanífa’s device to separate the twins, of whom one was dead.
941 Another shrewd guess of Abú Ḥanífa in detecting mother and son, in the person of husband and wife, who had come to consult him.
942 Abú Ḥanífa’s clever device in making a plaintiff identify the robbers who had made him swear not to expose them.
f153b 943 How Abú Ḥanífa baffles the Khawárij and convinces them through the strength of their belief concerning the commission of capital sins.
* 944 The cutting reply of Abú Ḥanífa to a Jew, who had questioned the existence of any medical knowledge in the Qur’án.
* 945 Abú Ḥanífa’s reply to a questioner about the proper function of each organ.
f153b 946 Abú Ḥanífa’s practical reply to the question of a woman about purity, by cutting an apple in half.
f212a 947 Abú Ḥanífa suggests a legal device to a person who in reality did not want to divorce his wife.
* 948 Muḥammad b. Ḥasan the disciple of Abú Yúsuf’s practical joke on a per­son who wanted to absolve himself from ‘Dhakát’.
* 949 Another suggestion by a pupil of his to a butcher, who also wanted to free himself from the same obligation.
f153b 950 Another student of the same plays a practical joke on a miserly baker in Egypt.
f212a f153b 951 The Qádhí Iyás b. Mu‘áwiya’s shrewdness in guessing the echo caused by a howling dog chained at a well. (Cf. Ibn Khal. Wüst. Biog. 104).
952 Another right guess of the same Qádhí about the flies and the serpent. (Cf. Ibid.).
* 953 A clever method of detecting a dishonest litigant.
* 954 Abu’l-Fadhl Kirmání’s expression of mixed grief and joy at the court of the Sultan Sanjar and hint at the inappropriateness of his reception in comparison with that of the illiterate son of the late Qádhí.