Ch. 1: Price of different types of rubies

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same currency as the name, Mansurah. Instead the city became known
as Farj al-Dhahab (The Frontier of Gold). This name has its origin from
a room ten yards long and eight yards wide, which was locked and
sealed. Gold and other valuables were passed into it through a hole
which was bored in its roof till it was full of gold. The Arabs began to
call it the Frontier of Gold. It contained a wooden idol too. It was
sheathed with red leather, and there were two precious ruby stones that
served as its eyes. The name of the idol was Adit (the Sun), and Hindus
from distant places came to worship it, dedicating precious objects and
money to it. Muhammad bin Qasim did not disturb the idol, as he did
not wish to provide any cause for grievance to the Hindus. But Hakam
bin Shayban by the time of Muqtadir bi-Allah had it broken into pieces,
as a conflict had borken out between him and the worshippers of the
idol. Hakam got the treasures removed.
Prices of Genuine Jewels
The prices of jewels are not stable. There is no law governing their
prices, and there is no reason why these prices should not fluctuate with
time and place. Each country, each nation carries its own temper. Furthermore, at one time nobles begin to sell them off and at others, to
stock them. Stones are plentiful at one time and scarce at another. God
grants honour to some and disgrace to others. We shall be describing the
prices of these jewels in relation to our own time and the period that has
just preceded it, as also to the city of Ghaznah and its environs. As regards gold, we shall adopt the Hirati standard, as the prices of jewels are
determined by means of this standard. Should we come across any other
information, we shall also provide it.
The ancients say that,the price of a mithqal of the bahramanian
variety of ruby is five thousand dinars, and a higher price cannot even be
imagined. Half a mithqal fetches a price of two thousand dinars, while
the bahramanian variety weighing two mithqals is priceless, and^its price
cannot be computed. It is up to the purchaser to fix its price.
The jewellers of today price the rummanian variety of ruby, which is
of deep colour, free from perforations, blemishes, cloudiness, and admixture, and is, additionally, level, square, or elongated (as these are the designs that are popular), as the best. This is followed by the midrabi (arched) variety, the lower part of which is like the anvil. Such a stone is
characterised by all the desirable attributes. They compare it to the
Najm (the plant). If the comparison has any truth, then the Najm should
be called the pearl (lu'lu). One tass'uj 48 of this stone costs five dinars
and a weight twice the above two times this price. One daniq 49 would
cost 50 dinars. By daniq I mean one-sixth of a mithqal; the price of


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