S̲h̲ahrazād
(361 words)

, a figure in the Thousand and One Nights .

As E. Cosquin has shown, the motif of the wise young woman who tells stories in order to put off, and at length remove a danger, comes from India. The name, confirming Ibn al-Nadīm’s statement about the Iranian source of the Nights [see alf layla walayla ], is Persian, derived from čihrāzād “of noble appearance/origin.” In Ibn al-Nadīm’s report, S̲h̲ahrazād is of royal blood; in al-Masʿūdī’s, she is the daughter of a vizier. Of greater interest are the variations at the end of the frame story. In Ibn al-Nadīm, a…

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Hamori, A., “S̲h̲ahrazād”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6771>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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