Part II, Chapter XVII = XLII: On the Excellence of Effort and Endeavour.
f157a f213a 1443 Introduction. The causes of the downfall of the Ṭáhirids.
1444 The advice of one of the rulers of the Hayáṭila to his son, about the value of enterprise.
f157b 1445 The great Wazír Niẓámu’l-Mulk’s advice to his son about effort. (The Waṣiyyat-Náma of Niẓámu’l-Mulk as the source).
1446 al-Manṣúr’s energy in suppressing the revolt of Muḥammad b. ‘Abdu’llah ‘Alawí in Khurásán.
f213b 1447 The Amír Ismá‘íl the Sámánid’s prompt actions against Muḥammad b. Hárún-i-Sarakhsí the rebellious governor of Gurgán, and his capture.
f158a 1448 The halt of Ya‘qúb b. Layth after his victory of Kamnábád (?) for the purpose of punishing a chief of his own army.
1449 The activity of Qays b. Ṣadaqa in appealing to Sanjar the Saljúq for help, and his zealous effort to recover possession of his dependency.
f158b 1450 The immediate action of the Amír [Naṣr II] b. Aḥmad b. Ismá‘íl, the Sámánid ruler of Khurásán, against the rebellious governor of Isfíjáb, and the Wazír Abu’l-Fadhl al-Bal‘amí’s acknowledgment of his negligence and irresoluteness. (The Waṣáyá of Ardashír is referred to by the Amír in his consultation with the Wazír, see above, p. 56).
f214a 1451 The cause of al-Mu‘taṣim’s war against the Byzantines, the march on Amorium or ‘Ammúriyya, the birthplace of Theophilus, and the occasion of the famous panegyric of Abú Tammám, the compiler of the Ḥamása. (Cf. al-Fakhrí ed. Derenbourg pp. 316—8).
f159a 1452 Ya‘qúb b. Layth, the Ṣaffárid, tries his will-power, by basking in the hot weather before starting on his campaign against Herát. (See above, I. xiii. 717).
f160b f214b 1453 Jibrá’íl’s message and the persistence of the Prophet and his followers during the siege of the Baní Qurayẓa; Ka‘b b. Asad’s three proposals to the people of his tribe, their refusal and their extermination. (Cf. H. S. R. pp. 684—9).
      The chapter ends with an encomium on the Wazír, illustrating his administrative talents and energetic rule in India.