Shiraz Maher spoke to dozens of them inside Syria to find out.
"By the will of Allah, who alone is great, there will be an end of thy troubles," said Shiraz non-committally as he got up.
Born in the canton of Baida in the province of Shiraz, he grew up at Wasit.
If this "accident" happened, Shiraz would know exactly whose hand it was that lighted the match.
Shiraz displayed his teeth more plainly than ever in a sly smile.
Shiraz paid several visits to, and spent some time in the shop of, Leh Shin before he arrived at what he wanted to know.
"I'll do it," said Aunt Amanda, looking at Shiraz, whose eyes were still on her.
"In ten minutes Shiraz will do a little juggling for your servants," he said placidly.
But Shiraz the Persian told us he would disenchant us, and he did.
Aziz admits with some pride that with twenty men he fell upon a rich caravan near Shiraz, and robbed it of £600.
wine made in the district of Shiraz, city in Persia, 1630s. As the name for a red wine made from a type of grape grown in the Rhône valley of France, it is recorded from 1908, from French syrah, the name apparently altered in English on mistaken notion that the grape was brought to Europe from the Middle East by Crusaders. The place name is said to be from Elamite sher "good" + raz "grape."