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Sinbad the Sailor – Arabian Nights

By |2017-07-26T09:40:30-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

An island turned out to be a whale Sinbad was (as Sheherazade told the story) a trader from Baghdad. He sailed his trading ships all around the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean, carrying cotton cloth and gold and cinnamon and sugar and rugs and steel from one place to another. But he [...]

Arabic language and literature

By |2019-01-30T07:53:33-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

Arabic language: Sabataean writing Where did Arabic come from? Arabic is in the Semitic language group. Semitic languages seem to have gotten started before the beginning of writing. That would be before about 3000 BC. Probably Semitic languages developed from an earlier language somewhere near modern Syria. A different branch of that earlier language became [...]

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 - [...]