The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan, by James Justinian Morier
The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan
- Of Hajji Baba’s birth and education.
- Hajji Baba commences his travels — His encounter with the Turcomans, and his captivity.
- Into what hands Hajji Baba falls, and the fortune which his razors proved to him.
- Of his ingenuity in rescuing his master’s money from the Turcoman, and of his determination
to keep it.
- Hajji Baba becomes a robber in his own defence, and invades his native city.
- Concerning the three prisoners taken by the Turcomans, and of the booty made in the
- Hajji Baba evinces a feeling disposition — History of the poet Asker.
- Hajji Baba escapes from the Turcomans — The meaning of ‘falling from the frying-pan into
the fire’ illustrated.
- Hajji Baba, in his distress, becomes a saka, or water-carrier.
- He makes a soliloquy, and becomes an itinerant vendor of smoke.
- History of Dervish Sefer, and of two other dervishes.
- Hajji Baba finds that fraud does not remain unpunished, even in this world — He makes
- Hajji Baba leaves Meshed, is cured of his sprain, and relates a story.
- Of the man he meets, and the consequences of the encounter.
- Hajji Baba reaches Tehran, and goes to the poet’s house.
- He makes plans for the future, and is involved in a quarrel.
- He puts on new clothes, goes to the bath, and appears in a new character.
- The poet returns from captivity — the consequences of it for Hajji Baba.
- Hajji Baba gets into the service of the king’s physician — Of the manner he was first
employed by him.
- He succeeds in deceiving two of the faculty, getting a pill from one, and a piece of gold
from the other.
- He describes the manner in which the Shah of Persia takes medicine.
- Hajji Baba asks the doctor for a salary, and of the success of his demand.
- He becomes dissatisfied with his situation, is idle, and falls in love.
- He has an interview with the fair Zeenab, who relates how she passes her time in the
- The lovers meet again, and are very happy — Hajji Baba sings.
- The history of Zeenab, the Cûrdish slave.
- Of the preparations made by the chief physician to receive the Shah as his guest, and of
the great expense which threatened him.
- Concerning the manner of the Shah’s reception; of the present made him, and the
conversation which ensued.
- A description of the entertainment, which is followed by an event destructive to Hajji
- Hajji Baba meets with a rival in the Shah himself, and loses the fair object of his
- His reflections on the loss of Zeenab — He is suddenly called upon to exert his skill as a
- Hajji is appointed to a situation under government — He becomes an executioner.
- He accompanies the Shah to his camp, and gets some insight into his profession.
- Employed in his official capacity, Hajji Baba gives a specimen of Persian despotism.
- Fortune, which pretended to frown, in fact smiles upon Hajji Baba, and promotes him to be
sub-lieutenant to the chief executioner.
- Although by trade an executioner, he shows a feeling heart — He meets with a young man and
woman in distress.
- The history of Yûsûf, the Armenian, and his wife Mariam.
- Sequel of the foregoing history, and of the resolution which Hajji Baba takes in
- The Armenian Yûsûf proves himself worthy of Hajji Baba’s confidence.
- Hajji Baba gives an account of his proceedings to his superiors, and shows himself a
friend to the distressed.
- He describes an expedition against the Russians, and does ample justice to the cowardice
of his chief.
- He proceeds to the king’s camp, and gives a specimen of lying on a grand scale.
- He relates a horrid tale, the consequences of which plunge him in the greatest misery.
- Hajji Baba meets with an old friend, who cheers him up, gives him good advice, and secures
him from danger.
- He takes refuge in a sanctuary, where his melancholy thoughts are diverted by a curious
- He becomes a saint, and associates with the most celebrated divine in Persia.
- Hajji Baba is robbed by his friend, and left utterly destitute; but is released from his
- Hajji Baba reaches Ispahan, and his paternal roof, just time enough to close the eyes of
his dying father.
- He becomes heir to property which is not to be found, and his suspicions thereon.
- Showing the steps he takes to discover his property, and who the diviner, Teez Negah,
- Of the diviner’s success in making discoveries, and of the resolution which Hajji Baba
takes in consequence.
- Hajji Baba quits his mother, and becomes the scribe to a celebrated man of the law.
- The mollah Nadân gives an account of his new scheme for raising money, and for making men
- Hajji Baba becomes a promoter of matrimony, and of the register he keeps.
- Of the man Hajji Baba meets, thinking him dead; and of the marriage which he brings
- Showing how the ambition of the mollah Nadân involves both him and his disciples in
- Hajji Baba meets with an extraordinary adventure in the bath, which miraculously saves him
from the horrors of despair.
- Of the consequences of the adventure, which threaten danger, but end in apparent good
- Hajji Baba does not shine in honesty — The life and adventures of the mollah Nadân
- Hajji and the mollah make plans suited to their critical situation, showing that no
confidence can exist between rogues.
- The punishment due to Hajji Baba falls upon Nadân, which makes the former a staunch
- Hajji Baba hears an extraordinary sequel to his adventure in the bath, and feels all the
alarms of guilt.
- He is discovered and seized, but his good stars again befriend and set him free.
- He reaches Bagdad, meets his first master, and turns his views to commerce.
- He purchases pipe-sticks, and inspires a hopeless passion in the breast of his old
- He becomes a merchant, leaves Bagdad, and accompanies a caravan to Constantinople.
- Hajji Baba makes a conquest of the widow of an emir, which at first alarms, but afterwards
- He obtains an interview with the fair Shekerleb, makes a settlement upon her, and becomes
- From a vender of pipe-sticks he becomes a rich Aga, but feels all the inconvenience of
supporting a false character.
- His desire to excite envy lays the foundation of his disgrace — He quarrels with his
- He is discovered to be an impostor, loses his wife, and the wide world is again before
- An incident in the street diverts his despair — He seeks consolation in the advice of old
- In endeavouring to gain satisfaction from his enemies he acquires a friend — Some account
of Mirza Firouz.
- He becomes useful to an ambassador, who makes him a partaker of his confidence.
- Of his first essays in public life, and of the use he was to his employer.
- Hajji Baba writes the history of Europe and with his ambassador returns to Persia.
- The ceremony of receiving a Frank ambassador at the court is described.
- Hajji is noticed by the grand vizier, and is the means of gratifying that minister’s
- Of the manner in which he turned his influence to use, and how he was again noticed by the
- The conclusion — Misfortune seems to take leave of Hajji Baba, who returns to his native
city a greater man than when he first left.