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Arabian Nights – Medieval Islamic Literature

By |2018-04-21T13:20:00+00:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

Princess (ca. 1540 AD) People in India and Persia have been telling these stories for a long time - nobody knows how long. Around 850 AD, a Persian writer in the Abbasid Empire collected a bunch of stories into a book called "Alf Layla wa Layla", or the Thousand and One Nights - which we also call the Arabian Nights. [...]

Aladdin and the Lamp – Arabian Nights

By |2017-07-25T17:12:40+00:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

An Islamic oil lamp from the University of Michigan This is one of the stories Scheherazade told the king: Even though he was only a boy, Aladdin got his food by begging on the streets. His father had died, and his mother was very poor. One day a man came to him and [...]