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.