The Arabian Nights
Extras & Insights
O Sister, tell us one of your tales of marvel. Tell it now!
Gladly, and as a duty, if the great and courteous king permits.
[A long pause.]
It is permitted.
Arabia, Persia, the Middle East: A Legendary History
Uncover the rich past that serves as a backdrop to The Arabian Nights.
Tell Me a Tale: The Tradition of Story Telling
Gather round and uncover the origins of telling tales.
From Market to Palace: Arabic Culture in The Arabian Nights
Delve into the politics, arts, and economy of the Islamic Golden Age.
First Nights: Origin of the Epic Stories
Read about the 1,001 Arabian Nights winding path into the literary canon.
1,001 Takes on 1,001 Tales: Adaptations of Arabian Nights
Explore the many film adaptations of the classic stories.
Visual Brilliance: The Works of Mary Zimmerman
Discover the beauty of Mary Zimmerman’s work firsthand.
“I’ve always loved fairytales. I think they perhaps led me to theater rather than the other way around. As a child I wanted to invent a machine that could record my dreams, so I could watch them in the morning. Theater is that machine. I can make these images come to life and actually walk around inside them for a while.”
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