Account of the reign of Báw in Ṭabaristán
(f. 73b).

When Yazdigird, routed by the armies of Islám, fled to Ray, Báw, who was with him, sought and obtained per­mission to go by way of Ṭabaristán to Kúsán, there to visit a Fire-temple which his grandfather Kayús has founded, promising to rejoin his sovereign in Gurgán. His absence, however, was somewhat prolonged, and he was still in these lands when he received news of Yazdigird’s death at the hands of the traitor Máhú`í-i-Súrí. (Here 5 couplets of the Sháhnáma are cited). Báw thereupon shaved his head and retired into religious seclusion in the Fire-temple of Kúsán, while the Turks (f. 74a) ravaged all Khurásán and Ṭabar­istán, and the Arabs, led by the Imám Ḥasan b. 'Alí, 'Abdu`lláh b. 'Umar b. al-Khaṭṭáb, Hudhayfa of Yaman, Qutham b. al-'Abbás, and Málik b. Ashtar an-Nakha'í advanced to ´Amul, where the trace of their encampment are still visible in the place called Málika-dasht. The people of Ṭabaristán, driven to despair by these calamities, agreed to elect and obey one ruler in whom they should all feel confidence, and unanimously chose Báw, who was ultimately induced to accept this responsibility, on condition that they gave him absolute power, even to life and death, over them. So he expelled the invaders from the country and reigned for fifteen years, till one day Bashár, the mother of [´Adhar-] valásh, struck him on the back with a brick and slew him, and herself reigned for eight years. Báw left a little son named Suhráb, whose aged mother carried him off safely and hid him in the house of a gardener near Sárí, where he remained unmolested during these eight years. At the end of this period some of the servants of Kúlá Khurzád Khusraw Ispáhí (<Arabic>) saw the lad, questioned the gardener as to his origin, and finally extracted the truth. They then carried off the lad to Kúlá, when the people gathered round him, and, joined by the men of Mount Qárin, made a sudden raid on Panjá-hazár (<Arabic>), captured and slew Valásh, massacred as many of his partisans as they could, and crowned Suhráb king at Parím. Then they built for him a palace, hot bath and maydán above the village of Tálpúr, which lies at the foot of the castle of Kúz, and these buildings were afterwards enlarged by the Ispahbad Sharwín (f. 74b), and were still visible when the author (who had himself seen them) wrote, no one of the various rulers ('Alawí Sayyids, descendants of Gáw-bára, Daylamites of the House of Buwayh, and sons of Washmgír) who had successively held possession of this district having thought fit to destroy them, though the 'Abbásid troops wrought great devastation.