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Sunday, 14 August 2011

The Arabian Nights

The Thousand and One Nights, better known in the west as the Arabian Nights, is a compilation of stories written under the reign of the Abbasids. The earliest historically identifiable details in the stories suggest that they were first gathered together in the late 8th century.

The stories continue to be added to, with the collection probably reaching its present form in Cairo in the 15th century.

A manuscript of the One Thousand and One Nights

The phrase 'Open Sesame' from One Thousand and One Nights may pertain to Babylonian magic practices with sesame oil. 

Aladdin was actually Chinese not an Arabian.  The only reason he became Arabian, was the Chinese fable, based in a Chinese town, was related to a Frenchman by a Syrian story teller, and was added to the One Thousand and One Nights  in 1710.

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