Sat March 27. [27 March 1909] Drew out the ground plan all day, lying
in one of the cool halls of the stable - in a draught from which I caught
a violent cold. At night we went into the great hall to hear Ghamin[?]
the guide sing to the Rebaba. A wood[?] fire and two wicks placed in
the square holes above the columns. Ma'ashi made coffee and
Ghamin sang the kasida of Abd ul Aziz ibn Rashid, then the kasida of
the the Beni Sakhar and finally that of the Anazeh. There is a song too
about this castle. They say it belonged to Na'wan ibn Munthir.
Chosroes came and beseiged him here and was put to flight. Then
one of his chief men induced him to cut off his ears and send him to
Na'wan crying for vengeance against Chosroes. Na'wan received
him well and wished him to take up his abode with him. He said in that
case he must bring all his goods, 150 camels loads. He brought them
and set them down in the big court and in the night armed men
stepped out and sacked the castle.