Our lands have been taken away from us for making the Dimnah
The same holds for other early and rare manuscripts like Abu al-Ma'ali Nasr-Allah's early version of the Kalilah wa Dimnah
(with close stylistic relation to the miniatures of an earlier version of the work in the Istanbul University Library), Sa'di's Bustan dated 1521, and other well-known Persian classical MSS written and illustrated in Heart, Shiraz, Tabriz and other cities in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Marie de France would doubtless have been aware of this intellectual and cultural contact, and while the Romulus Nilantii, an eleventh-century Latin prose compilation, has long been accepted as the fundamental source of the first forty of her Fables, the influence of an eighth-century Arabic collection, the Kalilah wa Dimnah
, is also detectable in the Fables in general.
The seven words - no hint that others are admissible - are talal (ruin), dar (abode), rab (vernal encampment), nuy (trench), dimnah
(dung), athafi (hearthstones), and sual (question).
Elsewhere in the epic, when the physician Burzu, who brought the Kalilah wa Dimnah
from India, is called surayandah (M, 8:248, v.