By Albert Cossery
Summoned domestic to Egypt after an extended ecu debauch (disguised as “study”), our hero Teymour—in the hole line of A fantastic Conspiracy—is feeling “as unfortunate as a flea on a bald man’s head.” bad Teymour sits forlorn in a provincial café, a much cry from his liked Paris. previous buddies, even though, rescue him. They applaud his phony degree as ideal in “a global the place every thing is false” they usually draw him into their hedonistic rounds as gents of rest. existence, they clarify, “while basically unnecessary is intensely interesting.” The small urban could seem tedious, yet there are ladies to seduce, strong males to tease, and likewise unusual occasions: wealthy notables are disappearing.
Eyeing the machinations of our 3 excitement seekers and fearful concerning the lacking wealthy males, the specialists quickly see—in advanced schemes to mattress younger girls—signs of political conspiracies. the 3 younger males, even if improper for terrorists, get pleasure from freedom, wit, and romance. in spite of everything, although “not each guy is able to appreciating what's round him,” the conspirators in excitement definitely do.
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These shall be rightly guided. When Allàh may his greatness be exalted, wanted to carry out his decree because of his foresight, he allowed his humble servant, trustful in Him, labouring on [carrying out] His orders, wager of His holy war, supporter of the religion of His prophet, beloved and true friend, the sultan, the venerated, the great, the wager of Holy War, the frontier warrior, the raider in the name of Islam, the pillar of the world and faith, Sultan of Islam and Muslims, Baybars b. 'Abd Allàh, coruler with the Amir of Believers, may Allàh [bring] enjoyment by his longevity.
37–38. 2 This battle is discussed in detail in R. : Ghàzàn’s First Campaign into Syria (1299–1300),” in N. ), Inner Asian Warfare (Leiden, 2002, 221–264; a review of previous research on the battle is found there in note 7. See also the short discussions in R. Irwin, The Middle East in the Middle Ages: The Early Mamluk Sultanate 1250–1382 (London, 1986), 100; R. v. “Wàdì al-Khaznadàr,” EI 2, vol. XI, 18. LEVANONI_F3_21-41 22 10/20/03 1:35 PM Page 22 The Muslim forces ﬂed pall-mall in utter rout to Egypt the divinely protected.
Topkapı Sarayı, Ahmet III 2951/1–2. For the poor state of this manuscript, see the comments in Little, Mamlùk Historiography, 46–7; Northrup, From Slave to Sultan, 41. 22 For the relevant events in 699/1299–1300, see: Yùnìnì, in Li Guo, Early Mamluk Syrian Historiography, vol. ); vol. II, 97–126. See also J. Somogyi, “Adh-dhahabìs Record of the Destruction of Damascus by the Mongols in 699– 700/1299–1301,” in S. Löwinger and J. ), Ignace Goldziher Memorial Volume, vol. 2 (Budapest, 1948), 353–86, a not always accurate translation of Dhahabì, Ta"rìkh al-Islàm, MS.
A Splendid Conspiracy by Albert Cossery