Then al-Mundhir ibn Muh ˙ ammad – may God have mercy upon him – came

to the throne. He was a man of intelligence and generosity, who held in honour the wise and righteous ones, and employed anyone who had a measure of learning and cultivation. He removed Sulayma¯n ibn Aswad al-Ballu¯t

˙ ı¯

from the post of judge, and appointed Abu¯ [. . . A¯mir ibn] Mu a¯wı¯ya ibn Z ı¯ya¯d al-Lakhmı¯, who was endowed with righteousness and excellence.2 He retained the ministers of his father, and reappointed Tamma¯m ibn Alqama and Muh

˙ ammad ibn Jahwar, who had been obscured. He proposed to

pardon Ha¯shim for the misdemeanors he had committed against him, and appoint him chamberlain. But then he heard things that renewed his bad opinion of Ha¯shim, and killed him, as is well known.