Post-classical history

§ A Spear in the Eye

I return now to the account of that war with Ibn Mula’ib mentioned earlier. On that same day, my uncle ‘Izz al-Dawla67(may God have mercy upon him) received a number of wounds. One of them was a spear-thrust in his lower eyelid, near the inside corner of his eye. The spear-tip stuck into the inner corner of his eye, just on the rim, so the entire eyelid fell and hung there from a flap of skin at the rim of his eye. The eye itself kept moving around without resting, for it is the eyelids that hold the eye in place. But the surgeon sewed up the eye and treated it, and it returned to its original position so that you wouldn’t even be able to tell the wounded eye apart from the other one.

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