Part II, Chapter VI = XXXI: On the Excellence of Culture and Discipline.
f119a f189a 1297 Introductory discourse on the nature of training and the acquisition of excellent manners and discipline. The fable of the Lion’s share, and the inference drawn from it.
f119b 1298 Ibn-i-Máhán punishes his falconer for impertinence towards the royal hawk.
1299 Abú ‘Abdi’llah Khaṭíb, tutor to the prince Abu’l-‘Abbás the brother of Fakhru’d-Dawla Daylamí, punishes his ward for spitting on a royal hawk.
* * 1300 The ideal training of a prince at the hands of an excellent preceptor. (Cf. M. T. N. pp. 282—5, see also above, p. 26, ll. 14—21.
f119b f189a 1301 How an ‘Alawí or Umawí delivered himself up voluntarily at the order of the Caliph Hárún, and Manára b. ‘Adyán’s (? ‘Ulayyán’s) astonishment at his absolute submission. (Cf. T. F. S.).
f121a f190a 1302 Muḥammad b. Sa‘íd Anbárí’s account of the imprisonment of Sulaymán b. Wahb, and the latter’s story of Aḥmad-i-Ḥaṣbí’s (?) unfortunate utterance of the word “Tamwíh” before the Caliph, and precaution about the choice of words. (Cf. T. F. S.).
f121b f190b 1303 al-Aṣma‘í relates a personal anecdote, and the story of the wrath of the Caliph Hárún against Marwán b. [Abí] Ḥafṣa for his exclusive statement concerning the generosity of Ma‘n b. Zá’ida. (T. F. S. pt. II, ch. VII, pp. 19—21).
f122a 1304 al-Aṣma‘í’s enthusiasm for learning in his early days of humble study, and his unexpected rise and appointment as tutor to the prince al-Amín on the recommendation of Muḥammad the Amír of Baṣra. (T. F. S. pt. II, ch. VII, pp. 19—21).
f122b f191a 1305 An instance of the extraordinary self-control of Abú ‘Alí Quhistání in the presence of Naṣr b. Aḥmad the Sámánid: scorpion stings endured.
1306 Ibráhím b. Adham al-Balkhí liberates a slave, admiring his absolute resig­nation of rights for the sake of his master.
1307 An instance of Abú Sufyán’s (?) worship of Núshírwán, his over-lord.
1308 The princes al-Amín and al-Ma’mún placed the shoes of their tutor al-Kisá’í in front of his feet as a mark of extreme reverence.
1309 Malik Muḥammad (?), the ruler of Kirmán who was a strict disciplinarian, teaches the governor of Khurásán manners.
f123a 1310 The punishment of Símá’, the Turkish slave, by al-Mu‘taṣim as a disci­plinary measure.
f191b 1311 Ibráhím b. Adham’s warning to a wealthy person, who was impertinently performing the rite of Ṭawáf or circumambulation on horseback.
1312 The rejoinder of some lads at play to a party of elderly men, that if only the latter had had the sense to observe their obligations to God, the former would never have ventured to be rude to them. (Anec. repeated, see above, 1186).
1313 Service of a special dish at table in the household of ‘Abdu’l-Malik b. Núḥ the Sámánid, and Abú Sa‘íd (?) Khwárazmsháh’s scruples about using the golden spoon.
f123b 1314 Euphemistic interpretation of the Caliph Hárún’s dream.
f123b f191b 1315 Contemptuous and ironical appeal of a jester in a court held by a governor of ‘Iráq, appointed by al-Ḥajjáj.
1316 Rabí‘, the chamberlain, punishes Ya‘qúb b. Dá’úd, the nephew of al-Manṣúr, for refusing the honour of dining with the Caliph.
f192a 1317 Jealousy of Zubayda — and why Hárún liked al-Ma’mún more than al-Amín.
      The chapter ends with an indefinite account of works written on the subject, and concludes as usual with a eulogy on the Wazír.