The setup is illustrated below:
Black has on its last row, from left to right: an Elephant, Lion, Camel, Bull, Dabbabah (war machine), Sentinel, Dabbabah, Bull, Knight, Lion, Elephant. On the second row, Black has: RNTGXKFGTNR a Rook, Knight, Talî`a (vanguard), Crocodile (or `shark, barracuda, sea monster), King, Ferz, Giraffe, Talî`a, Knight, Rook. On the third row on his side, Black has a number of pawns: rltgxkfdcnp, pawn of rooks, pawn of lions, pawn of talî`a's, Pawn of giraffes, pawn of crocodiles, pawn of kings, pawn of ferz, pawn of dabbabahs, pawn of camels, pawn of knights, pawn of pawns. On c7, black has a pawn of elephants, on f7, black has a pawn of sentinels, and on i7, black has a pawn of bulls.
The setup of white is mirrored: for about all pieces, the setup is mirrored pointwise, but the pawns on the fourth row are on the same columns as their black counterparts.
It is well possible that the biographer made some error in the description of this setup; in particular, it may have been that the entire setup was point symmetric (i.e., he switched for one player the places of pawn of elephants and pawn of bulls.)
The names, given in this webpage may be historically unaccurate.