The tale of Bakhtīshū’s great wealth evokes the wonder and marvel of fabulous, season-dominating luxury. That Bakhtīshū was Christian doesn’t figure.
Early Christians were known for fearlessness in facing death under Roman religious persecution.
Compared to ancient Greek stories, early Islamic stories shift narrative weight from deeds to ideals.
Poetry was a common currency for claiming social distinction in the ancient Islamic world.
Fulfilling a universal human hope is a physician who can revive the dead: the perfect physician.
Greek medicine prevailed over Indian medicine under the Abbasids at least in part through story-telling and courtly politics.