Part III, Chapter V = LV: On Robbers and strange Anecdotes about them.
f206a f242a 1584 Introduction; different kinds of robbery and punishment. A notive, advised by the leader of a gang in Níshápúr to eat with his left hand, since the right one might be cut off at any moment.
1585 A villain robs the property of a merchant from a storehouse in an inn, and escapes feloniously through a tunnel.
f242b 1586 Sulaymán, the chief of a gang, orders the restoration of the property of a person whose salutations were accepted. (Mulaḥu’n-Nawádir as the source).
1587 Strange scruples of a robber who came out of the treasury of Malik Mu’ayyad of Máwará’u’n-Nahr without stealing anything, simply because he happened to taste the salt of the Malik; consequently he is made a general of the army of Níshápúr.
f207a 1588 The story of a villager who first lived as a robber and, after being punished, felt penitent and lived honestly. (The Author heard it from the villager, while he was yet a child and travelling with his grandfather in one of the suburbs of Bukhárá).
f207b f243a 1589 ‘Abdu’llah aṣ-Ṣúrí relates the story of a ruined youth, and the circum­stances which led to his prosperity. (T. F. S. as the source, and Anwarí cited at the end of the anecdote).
f208a f243b 1590 Abu’l-Qásim Ṣaffár, a native of Naṣíbín, goes to Diyár-i-Rabí‘a, to present an excellent sword to the Amír ‘Abbás b. ‘Amr al-Ghanawí, and while returning with his reward on his way home encounters an Arab brigand and accidentally succeeds in entrapping him to death. (Cf. T. F. S. pt. II, ch. viii, pp. 50—2).
f208b 1591 The three felons who robbed the peasant of a she-goat, his donkey, and his clothes.
f209a 1592 Muḥammad Badí‘ al-‘Uqaylí relates the story of a romantic youth of his tribe, who robbed a fine horse from the Banú Bakr to win the hand of his cousin. (See T. F. S., pt. II, ch. viii, pp. 55—6).
      The chapter ends with an encomium on the Wazír.