Part I, Chapter XXII: On the Anecdotes of the Astrologers, and their predictions.
f237a f165b 1090 Introductory discourse on astrology and prediction. The Caliph ‘Alí’s opinion on astrology and predestination.
* 1091 The Caliph ‘Alí pays no heed to ominous signs of the stars, and leads his army to battle at Nahrawán and defeats the Khawárij.
* 1092 The Shaykh Abú Ḥafṣ-i-Kabír’s attempt to dispel the false notion of a Brazier about the fulfilment of predictions.
* 1093 A preacher relates the story of Solomon who was not able to see the mysterious workings of the bee-hive, in refutation of the claim of astrologers to predict unknown things.
f237b * 1094 How Ja‘far b. Yaḥyá, the Barmecide, orders the execution of the astrologer who had predicted the Caliph’s death within a year, and dispels Hárún’s anxiety.
* 1095 Jámásp the Astrologer’s prediction about the issue of the war between Gushtásp and Arjásp.
* 1096 An astrologer predicts the death of Ja‘far, the son of the Caliph al-Manṣúr.
* 1097 Fadhl b. Sahl, through his knowledge of astrology, saves the Caliph al-Ma’mún from the raiders; which coincides with the victory of ‘Abdu’lláh b. Ṭáhir over ‘Alí b. ‘Ísá b. Máhán.
f238a f165b 1098 An attempt to poison the Caliph al-Mu‘taṣim is averted by the expert astrological advice of the son of the late Fadhl b. Sahl, the Wazír.
f238b 1099 Parwíz’s accidental escape, and the murder of the astrologer, who being aware of his fate was seeking shelter in the king’s palace.
1100 Fadhl b. Sahl’s fruitless attempt to avert the impending calamity, his own death, which he knew beforehand.
1101 Buḥturí the poet’s auspicious verses, and Abú Ma‘shar of Balkh the famous astrologer’s prediction about the restoration of al-Mu‘tazz to the Caliphate.
f239a * 1102 Ibnu’l ‘Askarí happens to see the astrological chart of his life, and the fulfilment of one of the predictions.
* 1103 Mání-i-Muwaswas’s prediction about the attack of Ya‘qúb b. Layth on the Caliph, his defeat and drowning. (The Ta’ríkh-i-Khulafá-i-Baní-‘Abbás as the source, see above, p. 48).
* 1104 Sa‘du’z-Zamán, the astrologer, averts a calamity by removing his patron, the Amír of Bust, from the bath.
f166a 1105 Several predictions about a prince come to pass at the same time and convince the unbelieving king of the efficacy of astrologers.
1106 ‘Abdu’l-Muḥsin, the poet, rewarded posthumously by the Caliph al-Muntaṣir, according to the prediction of his old astrologer friend.
      The chapter ends without any eulogy.