Arabian Nights
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Arabian Nights , the work known in Arabic as Alf layla wa-layla, “A thousand nights and one night,” is an oriental collection of stories that is constituted by a frame-tale focused on the narrator, Shahrazād, telling stories for a thousand nights. Derived from a pre-Islamic Iranian prototype that relied partly on Indian elements, the collection gained fame in the Western world by way of t…

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Marzolph, Ulrich, “Arabian Nights”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 16 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004150171, 2007, 2007-1

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