Account of the Family of the Sámánides and the Duration of their Government, until the Time that the Kingdom reverted to the Sultan Yamin-Addoulat.

The duration of the reign and authority of the family of Sámán over Khurasán, and Mawaralnahr, and over certain other territories of Sistán, and Karman, and Jurján, and Ray, and Tabaristán, as far as to the borders of Ispahan, which were under their government for various periods of time was one hundred and two years and sixteen days. The first King of this family was Ismaíl-Ibn-Ahmad, who seized upon Amr-Lays, in the territory of Balkh, and succeeded to the kingdom early on Saturday, in the middle of the month Rabia, the last in the year 287. He possessed the kingdom for the space of eight years, and he succumbed (died) at Bukhárá, on the night of Tuesday, the fourteenth of the month Safar, in the year 295. His son Abu-Nasr-Ahmad-Ibn-Ismaïl took his seat upon the throne in his stead. He was King six years and six months, and was killed by his guards on the night of Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of the month Jumadhi-Al-Akhar, in the year 302. His son, Nasr-Ibn-Ahmad was his heir and successor, who for thirty years prosperously held the highest station and the chief authority. After him his son Núh-’bn-Nasr, surnamed Al-Hamid, took his seat upon the royal throne, reigning eight years, three months, and seven days, and deceasing at Bukhárá, on Tuesday, the nineteenth day of Rabia-Al-Akbar, in the year 343, his dignity de­volved upon his son, Abdul-Malik-’bn-Núh, who governed seven years, six months, and eleven days; and on Thursday, the eleventh Shawwál, in the year 350, he fell from his horse and resigned his life. His son Mansúr-’bn-Abdul-Malik, surnamed Sadid, succeeded, and struck the relief guard (drum) of royalty for fifteen years and nine months, dying at Bukhárá, on Tuesday, the eleventh Shawwál, in the year 365. His son Núh-’bn-Mansúr, surnamed Ar-Ridha, sat on the musnard, reigning twenty-one years and nine months. He went to the neigh­bourhood of mercy, on Friday, the thirteenth of Rajib, in the year 387, and his son Abul-Harith-Mansúr-’bn-Núh became King. He reigned one year and seven months, and on Wednesday, the eighteenth of Safar, in the year 389, was blinded and imprisoned by the hand of Baktúzún, at Sark­has, and the investiture was conferred upon his brother Abdul-Malik-’bn-Núh, who brought the city to the ground, until Bukhárá was taken by the hand of Ilek-Khán, and the kingdom of Máwarán­nahr fell from his hand, and the duration of his affair was eight months and seven days. During these days the victories of the kingdom and royalty of Yamin-Addoulat and Amin-Almillat commenced; and subsequently as time advanced, the tablet of his kingdom was gladdened, and the flame of his empire blazed, and the star of his pros­perity rose to a degree of happiness and power, until the pulpits of Islám became illuminated by the might of his august surnames, and his decree was current as destiny in all tracts and portions of the world; for God maketh royalty to come unto whom He willeth, and God is bounteous and wise! (Verse)

“The bridegroom of his kingdom holds her fast in his embrace, that she may imprint kisses upon the lips of the brilliant scimitar. Of a hundred heroes it is one like thee, to whom is given the cutting sword and the wish-winning arm.”