Account of Muḥammad b. Hárún and the
rule of Isma'íl b. Aḥmad the Sámánid.

Muḥammad b. Hárún, having subdued Gurgán, set out for ´Amul and Sárí, reaching the first named city on a Friday in the month of Tír, A. H. 287 (A. D. 900), and reigned for a year and six months, till Isma'íl b. Aḥmad the Sámánid, having subdued the whole of Khurásán, marched against Ṭabaristán. Muḥammad b. Hárún refused to submit to his authority, and retired to Daylamán. Isma'íl encamped at a place called Ashílá Dasht, near ´Amul, in the plain of Líkání, and administered such justice as was almost unknown in Ṭabaristán, restoring to the nobles and gentry the property of which they had been robbed by the Sayyids and others during the last fifty years. Thus he restored —

1,000,000 dirhams to the children of Ibráhím Khalíl;
600,000 dirhams to Ibráhím b. Isḥáq al-Faqíh;
500,000 dirhams to Muḥammad b. al-Mughíra of Rúyán;
500,000 dirhams to Hárún b. 'Alí Abú Ṣádiq (see p. 74 supra);
200,000 dirhams to Muḥammad b. as-Sirrí;
300,000 dirhams to Muqátil, cousin of the above;
500,000 dirhams to the Ispahbad of Kalár;
300,000 dirhams to Quṭquṭí of Sárí;
700,000 dirhams to Qárin, Aparwíz and Khushk Khayán;
1,200,000 dirhams to the family of aṣ-Ṣayfar (so A.; B. has aṣ-Ṣafír);
100,000 dirhams to Surkháb the son of Jastán;
700,000 dirhams to Ibráhím and Muḥammad, sons of jurisconsults, Ibráhím b. Mihrán, his brother Khalífa, Manṣúr and Jalwánán, all of Tarícha.

He also restored the possessions of the poor and reduced their taxes, and so won the affection and support of all. This took place at the end of A. H. 288 and the beginning of A. H. 289 (end of A. D. 901).