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Arabian Nights – Medieval Islamic Literature

By |2019-01-30T05:55:43-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

Princess (ca. 1540 AD) How old are the Arabian Nights stories? People in India and Iran have been telling these stories for a long time - nobody knows how long. Around 850 AD, an Iranian writer in the Abbasid Empire collected a bunch of stories into a book called Alf Layla wa Layla, or the Thousand and One Nights - [...]

Aladdin and the Lamp – Arabian Nights

By |2019-01-20T15:48:01-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

An Islamic oil lamp like Aladdin's lamp, from the University of Michigan Scheherazade tells Aladdin's story This is one of the stories Scheherazade told the king. Scheherazade's Arabian Nights Sinbad the Sailor More Arabic literature All our Islamic Empire articles Aladdin meets a man Even though he was only a boy, Aladdin got [...]