Month: October 2021


An Arabian Nights Reading

The Middle Eastern collection of tales is by far the best collection of tales I have ever read in any language. There is something about Middle Eastern literature that intrigues me and gets me engrossed for multiple pages at a time. The stories can be serious, humorous, and serious all in one day. It takes you through the history of one kingdom to another as one story unfolds before your eyes.

The tales begin with the story of a king who was very rich, but had very little people in his kingdom. He had no subjects, no workers, and very few taxes to pay. One day as he was sleeping, while he was sleeping the whole kingdom went on strike and killed the king.

Two years later the king woke up and found that everyone had gone. He realized that he was the king, but nobody knew who else was so he gathered an army and crossed the Middle East. He went north to the Christian nations to conquer them, but his army was defeated by the Jews. After this the tale is told of how he gathered an army again, fought the Jews again, won back his throne, and then went on to defeat the third Jewish king, again, before capturing Jerusalem and completely restoring it to his name.

The second part of the Arabian Nights collection of tales like the first is how the storyteller collected his stories. He took a camel and traveled throughout the Middle East, speaking to the people and asking for stories and telling them his version of events. The Arab kings were enchanted by this storyteller and asked him to make a film to display their culture to the outside world. He did and this film is what we know today as the movie “Arabian Nights”.

In the second part of the Arabian Nights the storyteller travels to the very source of the tale in the form of Mecca. There he meets the grandfather of Islam, and from there he travels to the cities of Mecca and Medina. There he speaks and tells tales and weaves a tapestry that captures the beauty and richness of these two cities. He also speaks of how Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was born in Mecca, and that the cave where he was born is known as Al-Fitara. This is one of the most important cities in the whole of Islam. After this he goes on to the countries of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Kashmir.

In the third part of the Arabian Nights the storyteller travels to the city of Mecca. Here he meets with the Vizier, and from there he travels all around the Muslim world, and finally to the east and speaks to his people there. This tale is one that tells about the relationships between the Nasrid and the Quraish. The Nasrid being those who convert to Islam, the Quraish being those who do not, and then they travel all over the Muslim world teaching, spreading the religion. This is a fascinating part of the Arabian Nights that any one will enjoy reading.


What Makes One Thousand and One Nights a Classic?

One Thousand and One Nights (Arabic: al-ket al-yam wa-safara) is a reference to an old Persian poem written by the twelfth century BC poetical writer Nasias. The poem itself tells the story of a caravan following a river in heaven and a long and prosperous journey across to earth. One of the things that the poem remembers and celebrates is the long life span of animals. From fish to lions, they live a long and fruitful life, all thanks to their kind hospitality shown towards others. And this is what makes the tale of the One Thousand and One Nights a classic piece of Middle Eastern and Arabic literary fiction.

A unique monument to mankind’s creative ability to transmute the universe, the stories of One Thousand and One Nights are, for the modern era, something of a miracle. For centuries, the many tales of Arabian Nights have enthralled the imagination of generations and drawn the attention of countless individuals from around the world. Perhaps one of the oldest Arabic, Middle Eastern, or Islamic contributions to world literature, the so-called Arabian Nights actually began as a series of folk tales told by recounting the experiences of prophet Muhammad’s caravan after they passed through the powerful Arabian Desert. With their deep spiritual meaning and powerful magical enchantment, the Arabian Nights continue to enchant readers thousands of years later.

But the success of this long-time story was not without its own problems, to be sure. In addition to the difficulty of preserving the story for posterity, Nasias was forced to limit the number of characters in each tale, while also working under the constraints of Arabian law which forbade women from speaking out freely. This often meant that Nasias had to select only a selected few tales to be told in any particular order, or chose to tell only a few selected stories in any single evening. She also often had to wait several years between stories to ensure that she picked the right one.

However, in contrast with these challenges, the popularity of One Thousand and One Nights has remained consistently high throughout the centuries. Today, a number of different factors contribute to this popularity. Perhaps one of the primary reasons why the story is so popular comes from the sheer variety of stories it tells. In one evening alone, it tells a tale that spans a span of centuries and continents, and involves characters from places like Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Also, since the primary focus of this story is on the theme of transformation, many of its tales provide the opportunity for the story’s characters to go through similar changes over time. This gives the audience an opportunity to see how the story’s characters experience change, and how these changes affect them both individually and collectively.

Another one of the reasons why One Thousand and One Nights is so enduring comes from how easy the plot is to adapt to any number of different settings. Since the story is set in various locations across a number of time periods and continents, it is easy to see how the plot can be easily woven into a number of different dramas. Also, while each of these eras is distinctly different, they all share common themes in common, such as reincarnation and the struggle between good and evil. It is these themes and universal sentiments that make One Thousand and One Nights a classic of literature and of storytelling itself.

While it may be impossible to pinpoint exactly what makes a particular work of literature, there is no doubt that One Thousand and One Nights has been among the most popular stories told by people from all walks of life for decades. The appeal of this story comes not only from its plot, but also from the characters that tell it. With their ability to draw upon a variety of cultures and time periods, these tales are a delight for readers of all ages.


“The Thousand Nights of IRIS” By Irina Scheherazade Book Review

Scheherazade was a prominent Middle Eastern character and the main storyteller within the framework of the Middle Eastern series of tales called the One Thousand and One Nights. She was a princess, the Queen of Heaven and the founder of thetale, a story which told the history of the fall of her dynasty and the rise of the Persian Empire. She was also the wife of a king and the mother of Xerxes, who rose to prominence later in Alexander the great’s life. It was her memoirs that were so influential that the tale of the Persian kings and their fabulous exploits were put forward as the basis for the first Greek play by Aeschylus, Sophocles’ Antigone and that of Aeschylus’ Theban.

In her tales, scheherazade portrayed a princess who was born to King Xerxes of Persia, the great king of ancient Persia. She was the daughter of Hippias, who was her uncle. When her uncle was bereaving and dying, she resolved to kill him in order to be with her daughter who was away at college. Her uncle warned her not to do so, to prevent further turmoil in their family, but to tell him everything about the Persian story she was to write, as it was to guide her down the path of her career. This enthrallment to the Persian past gave birth to one of the most popular and influential works in world literature.

Of course, the story of the princess who was destined to be the mother of a conquering hero, Xerxes is one of the most famous stories of all time and, in itself, is worth the price of reading just by itself. However, she is but one small part of a fabulous set of characters which comprise the entire cast of characters belonging to the Persian king. In fact, these stories form the basis for the many future sagas of the arabian nights.

One of the things that gives the book of the legendary persian queen such great popularity is the manner in which the author presents her storytellers’ world. There are no great embellishments, no fluffing up, just straight forward and entertaining tale told with great power and authority. There is no magic, no contrivance, no hidden meanings, just straightforward good old fashioned fun. The reader is simply enthralled by the tale and drawn into it’s intricate details.

The writer of the legendary Persian queen is an Australian woman called Irina Scheherazade. She has written a number of other books, most of them in the fantasy and science fiction genres. However, this is the first novel written about the life of the legendary Persian queen. It is not a surprise that she has done such a great job with her debut.

All of the characters are vividly drawn, the descriptions of places and scenes are vivid and interesting, and the overall feel of the book is just like it’s a best-selling book. In fact it is a quick easy read, with little in the way of foreshadowing or elaborate plot to feed the narrative appetite. What makes the book so great is that Scheherazade injects humor and drama into her stories without succumbing to that dry style that many authors have. Her tales are engrossing and entertaining, and even though each seems to last only a few hours or so, you never get bored with them. The legendary Persians are as alive as ever, and they certainly will be when you finish up with the second book of the series, The Thousand Nights of IRIS, called Kingkiller.