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The Arabian Nights

Alf Laylah Wa-laylah
(Book - 2008)
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The stories of ?The Arabian Nights ?(and stories within stories, and stories within stories within stories) are famously told by the Princess Shahrazad, under the threat of death should the king lose interest in her tale. Collected over the centuries from India, Persia, and Arabia, and ranging from adventure fantasies, vivacious erotica, and animal fables, to pointed Sufi tales, these stories provided the daily entertainment of the medieval Islamic world at the height of its glory. No one knows exactly when a given story originated, and many circulated orally for centuries before being written down; but in the process of telling and retelling, they were modified to reflect the general life and customs of the Arab society that adapted them--a distinctive synthesis that marks the cultural and artistic history of Islam.This translation is of the complete text of the Mahdi edition, the definitive Arabic edition of a fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript, which is the oldest surviving version of the tales and considered to be the most authentic.
Uniform Title: Arabian nights
Title: The Arabian Nights
Alf laylah wa-laylah
Publisher: New York : W W Norton & Co Inc, 2008, c1990
Characteristics: xxxvi, 518 p. :,map ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: translated by Husain Haddawy ; based on the text of the fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript edited by Muhsin Mahdi
Notes: First published as a Norton paperback: New York : W W Norton & Co Inc, 1995
Contents: Prologue: the story of King Shahrayar and Shahrazad, His Vizier's Daughter
The story of the merchant and the demon
The story of the fisherman and the demon
The story of the porter and the three ladies
The story of the three apples
The story of the hunchback
The story of the Nur al-Din Ali ibn-Bakkar and the slave-girl Shams al-Nahar
The story of the slave-girl Anis al Jalis and Nur al-Din Ali ibn-Khaqan
The story of Jullanar of the sea
Additional Contributors: Mahdi, Muhsin
Haddawy, Husain
Alternate Title: Alf laylah wa-laylah
Alternate Title (Original Script): الف ليلة وليلة
ISBN: 0393331660
9780393331660
Branch Call Number: FICTION ARABIAN 2008
Other Language: Translated from the Arabic
Subject Headings: Short stories, Arabic Translations into English Folk literature, Arabic Translations into English
Topical Term: Short stories, Arabic
Folk literature, Arabic
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Now as sumptuously packaged as they are critically acclaimed- new deluxe trade paperback editions of the beloved stories. Husain Haddawy's rapturously received translation of The Arabian Nights is based on a landmark reconstruction of the earliest extant manuscript version. Readers of this classi... Read More »


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