Robert Irwin

Three Tales from the Arabian Nights
  • Three Tales from the Arabian Nights

  • Once upon a time, the name Baghdad conjured up visions of the most magical, romantic city on earth, where flying carpets carried noble thieves off on wonderful adventures, and vicious viziers and beautiful princesses mingled with wily peasants and powerful genies. This is the world of the Arabian Nights, a magnificent collection of ancient tales from Arabia, India, and Persia. The tales—often stories within stories—are told by the sultana Scheherazade, who relates them as entertainments for her jealous and murderous husband, hoping to keep him amused and herself alive.

    Three fantastic tales have been chosen from our new translation to introduce readers to the delights of Arabian Nights: 'Ali Baba and the forty thieves killed by the slave girl' is a well-known and well-loved classic, placed alongside the equally enchanting 'Judar and his brothers' and 'Ma'rus the cobbler'.

Robert Irwin read Modern History at Oxford and taught Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of The Middle East and the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion, Islamic Art, and The Alhambra (2004). He has also published six novels, of which the most recent is Satan Wants Me. He reviews for a wide range of periodicals and is a director of a publishing company). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the London Institute of Pataphysics.

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