One Thousand and One Nights is a medieval Middle-Eastern literary work that consists of a number of stories being told by Queen Scheherazade to her mad husband, King Shahryar.
== Frame story ==
Scheherazade … possessed courage, wit, and penetration, infinitely above her sex. She had read much, and had so admirable a memory, that she never forgot any thing she had read. She had successfully applied herself to philosophy, medicine, history, and the liberal arts; and her poetry excelled the compositions of the best writers of her time. Besides this, she was a perfect beauty, and all her accomplishments were crowned by solid virtue.
The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1811) as translated by Jonathan Scott, Vol. I, p. 20
== The History of Aladdin ==
"Who will change old lamps for new ones? New lamps for old?"
== Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves ==
== Tale of Zummurud and Ali-Shar ==
When I was aliveI was dust which was,But now I am dust in dustI am dust which never was.On the black road of life think not to findEither a friend or lover to your mind;If you must love, oh then, love solitude,For solitude alone is true and kind.
== Tale of King Umar al-Numan ==
Maslamah ibn Dinar said: "Each pleasure that does not forward the soul to God is not so much as a pleasure as a calamity."I hope that Allah will not make me immortal, for death is his greatest gift to any true believer.Each man envies, the strong openly, the weak in secret.
== Quotes about One Thousand and One Nights ==
It is a book so vast that it is not necessary to have read it, for it is a part of our memory.
Jorge Luis Borges, Seven Nights (1984), p. 57I'd like every single Arab to read One Thousand and One Nights. They [would] learn a lot from them, especially [because] these stories were written away from the influence of religion. It's interesting to see how we were open, how we had a dialogue with each other, how we wanted to understand, how we respected each other. There was a great dignity, and I'd like this to be restored again.
Hanan al-Shaykh, "Scheherazade: From Storytelling 'Slave' To 'First Feminist'" at NPR (9 June 2013)
== External links ==
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