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One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. It is often known in English as the Arabian Nights, from the first English language edition (1706), which rendered the title as The Arabian Nights’ Entertainment. The work as we have it was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators and scholars across the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Turkish, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature. In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hezār Afsān, which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.Though the oldest Arabic manuscript dates from the 14th century, scholarship generally dates the collection’s genesis to around the 9th century. The illustrations are made by Anuk Beluga (Ani Tsertsvadze).

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  1. Ian Brown / Apr 10 2011 1:31 pm

    Congratulations. I liked the art very much. The expressions of the figures I thought were very well done. Where can I get a copy of the book?

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