Lazzat al-nisâ (The pleasure of women)

Lazzat al-nisâ (The pleasure of women) f. 2v

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f. 2v

On one of the days of the feast of Nowruz, the King of the world was sitting on his throne and giving a public audience to a Jamshid-like assembly and offered a banquet like that of Key-Khosrow. The notable and officials of the state were standing in front of his throne. A beautiful and ravishing young woman, proficient in women’s affairs, came along singing a song, and stood in front of the King. Taking off her robes she showed her nakedness to the assembly. When the King saw her in this fashion he said:
“What business does this shameless enchantress have who bares herself naked in front of the assembly of men and does not cover herself?” They shouted at her: “O shameless beauty. Why is it that you bare yourself in an assembly of men?” The enchantress replied: “Women get embarrassed in the presence of a real man, but in this assembly there are none so that I will be embarrassed.”


Translation of the text of the Lazzat al-nisâ by:
Willem Floor (Independent Scholar)
Hasan Javadi (University of California, Berkeley)
Hormoz Ebrahimnejad (University of Southampton)

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