Udi sentence example
The daughters are named Zahy and Ra`wa by Mas`udi ii.
Mas`udi in the 10th century says it was known also as Karat at-Tin ("the Clay Castle").
This name and that of Dinazad both occur in what Mas`udi tells of her.
Shahrazad's plan is helped forward in the Nights by Dinazad, who is, according to Mas`udi, her slave girl, or, according to other MSS., her nurse, and, according to the Fihrist, the king's stewardess.
But that our Nights differ very much from the Hezar Afsane is further manifest from the circumstance that, even of those stories in the Nights which are not Arabian in origin, some are borrowed from books mentioned by Mas`udi as distinct from the Hezar Afsane.Advertisement
In the 10th century al-D'las`udi, writing in the very year in which it happened, tells how the Mahommedan ruler of Edessa, with the permission of the caliph, purchased peace of the emperor Romanus Lecapenus by surrendering to him the napkin of Jesus of Nazareth, wherewith he had dried himself after his baptism.
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The increasing veneration paid to the Prophet and love for the marvellous soon gave rise to fables about his childhood, his visit to heaven, &c., which have found their way even into sober histories, just as many Jewish legends told by the converted Jew Kai) al-Abbar and by Wahb ibn Monabbih, and many fables about the old princes of Yemen told by `Abid, are taken as genuine history (see, however, Mas`udi, iv.