The Soldan has usually eight thousand men in that
p.33castle of Babylon, who take their needments from himself. Strong and fair is that castle, built on a huge rock. And I myself was with him there as a soldier for a month, and a quarter, and a year, while he waged a war against the folk who dwell in the desert of Arabia, and who are called Bedouins or Asgoloperdes. And he would have given me to wife the daughter of a prince of his own family if I had been willing to remain with him and forsake my own faith. He conquered five kingdoms by the strength of his hand and of his own army, and they are these, to wit, Egypt Canopica, and Jerusalem, and Syria, and the kingdom of Analfe (Halope), and the kingdom of Damé, and the kingdom of Arabia, the king of which was one of the three men that came with the offerings to God's Son on the night of His nativity, and many other lordships, and Calafes which was named the island of the kings.