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The Gift - Ibn Batota trip


2018-02-07
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The Gift
He requited his present with an even richer one — a hundred thoroughbred horses saddled and bridled, a hundred male slaves, a hundred Hindu singing- and dancing-girls, a hundred pieces of bairami cloth, which are made of cotton and are unequalled in beauty, [774] each piece being worth a hundred dinars[1] — a hundred lengths of the silk fabrics called juzz, in which the silk material (3) of each is dyed with four or five different colours[2]— four hundred pieces of the fabrics known as salahi,[3] a hundred pieces of shirin-baf,[4] a hundred pieces of shan-baf,[5] five hundred pieces of mir‘iz woollens,[6] one hundred of them black and a hundred each in white, red, green, and blue, a hundred lengths of Greek linen, a hundred pieces of blanket-cloth, a seracha, six pavilions,[7] four candelabra in gold and six in silver enamelled, four golden basins with ewers to match, and six silver basins, ten embroidered robes of honour from the Sultan’s own wardrobe and ten caps also worn by him, one of them encrusted with pearls, ten embroidered quivers one of them encrusted with pearls, ten swords one of them with a scabbard encrusted with pearls, dasht-ban,[8] that is gloves, embroidered with pearls, and fifteen eunuchs.
[1] A cotton fabric, whose exact composition is not known (Hobson-Jobson, s.v. Beiramee).
[2] Mzik (p. 248, n. 5) would read khazz, a heavy, plushy velvet fabric of iridescent floss silk.
[3] Mzik (p. 248, n. 6) suggests that a Hijazi fabric may be meant, salahi being an epithet of Mecca.
[4] A fine cotton fabric, whose precise character is not known (Hobson-Jobson, s.v. Shireenbaf).
[5] A fine white fabric, perhaps that also called sinabaff (Hobson-Jobson, s.v. Shambaff, Sinabaff).
[6] Mir‘izz, the soft down below the outer coarser hair of goats.
[7] I.e. one large tent and six small ones.
[8] A mistake for dastban, a Persian word.

The Gift He requited his present with an even richer one — a hundred thoroughbred horses saddled and bridled, a hundred male slaves, a hundred Hindu singing- and dancing-girls, a hundred pieces of bairami cloth, which are made of cotton and are unequalled in beauty, [774] each piece being worth a hundred dinars[1] — a hundred lengths of the silk fabrics called juzz, in which the silk material (3) of each is dyed with four or five different colours[2]— four hundred pieces of the fabrics known as salahi,[3] a hundred pieces of shirin-baf,[4] a hundred pieces of shan-baf,[5] five hundred pieces of mir‘iz woollens,[6] one hundred of them black and a hundred each in white, red, green, and blue, a hundred lengths of Greek linen, a hundred pieces of blanket-cloth, a seracha, six pavilions,[7] four candelabra in gold and six in silver enamelled, four golden basins with ewers to match, and six silver basins, ten embroidered robes of honour from the Sultan’s own wardrobe and ten caps also worn by him, one of them encrusted with pearls, ten embroidered quivers one of them encrusted with pearls, ten swords one of them with a scabbard encrusted with pearls, dasht-ban,[8] that is gloves, embroidered with pearls, and fifteen eunuchs. [1] A cotton fabric, whose exact composition is not known (Hobson-Jobson, s.v. Beiramee). [2] Mzik (p. 248, n. 5) would read khazz, a heavy, plushy velvet fabric of iridescent floss silk. [3] Mzik (p. 248, n. 6) suggests that a Hijazi fabric may be meant, salahi being an epithet of Mecca. [4] A fine cotton fabric, whose precise character is not known (Hobson-Jobson, s.v. Shireenbaf). [5] A fine white fabric, perhaps that also called sinabaff (Hobson-Jobson, s.v. Shambaff, Sinabaff). [6] Mir‘izz, the soft down below the outer coarser hair of goats. [7] I.e. one large tent and six small ones. [8] A mistake for dastban, a Persian word. , Electronic Village, His excellency mohammed ahmed khalifa al suwaidi, Arabic Poetry, Arabic Knowledge, arabic articles, astrology, science museum, art museum,goethe museum, alwaraq, arab poet, arabic poems, Arabic Books,Arabic Quiz, القرية الإلكترونية , محمد أحمد خليفة السويدي , محمد أحمد السويدي , محمد السويدي , محمد سويدي , mohammed al suwaidi, mohammed al sowaidi,mohammed suwaidi, mohammed sowaidi, mohammad alsuwaidi, mohammad alsowaidi, mohammed ahmed alsuwaidi, محمد السويدي , محمد أحمد السويدي , muhammed alsuwaidi,muhammed suwaidi,,