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Arabian Nights

Alf Layla wa Layla (1999), translated as A Thousand Nights and a Night, also known as An Arabian NightÆs Entertainments, has had a remarkable history, equal to that of the characters in its tales. Some scholars surmise that these tales originated over 2500 years ago in Syria as an oral storytelling tradition (The Making of Arabian Nights n.p.). By 850 C.E., these stories had solidified into the written Arabic form later translated in the 19th Century by Edward Lang and Sir Richard Burton into the now familiar Arabian Nights (Ramadan www.middleeastuk.com). In the course of its development, Alf Layla wa Layla has become one of the most famous and influential pieces of literature in the world. This paper will discuss why Alf Layla wa Layla has become one of the most celebrated and significant of all Arabic works of literature.

According to Ramadan, the major reason that the Alf Layla wa Layla is so famous is that ôthe timeless tales of ingenuity and heroism offer universal and positive appeal to the heroic, Bedouin fantasies of Arabs and Westerners alikeö (Ramadan www.middleeastuk.com). In other words, these tales capture the imagination of the reader in such a way as to make them compelling, no matter what language they are told in or what century it is. Western writers have often drawn from its rich source of Persian, Indian, and Arabian cultural and storytelling material to help inspire their own works (Ramadan www.middleeastuk.com). Influences in Western literature have been found as early as the 12th Century (Hafernik and Renault www.arabiannightsbooks.com), specifically in Geoffrey ChaucerÆs ôSquireÆs Taleö and some of the tales from Giovanni BoccaccioÆs Decameron, both from the 14th Century (Rebold Benton and DiYanni 268). It was not until 1704, however, when Antoine Galland translated and adapted the first volume of tales from a 14th Century Syrian manuscript into a contemporary French edition, Les Milles et Une ...

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Arabian Nights. (1969, December 31). In LotsofEssays.com. Retrieved 09:45, May 21, 2019, from https://www.lotsofessays.com/viewpaper/1709255.html