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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date May 1, 2008
Pages 518
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393331660
ISBN-10 0393331660
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1.08 lbs.
Original list price $17.95
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Now as sumptuously packaged as they are critically acclaimed―a new deluxe trade paperback edition of the beloved stories.

The stories of ?The Arabian Nights ?(and stories within stories, and stories within stories within stories) are famously told by the Princess Shahrazad, under the threat of death should the king lose interest in her tale. Collected over the centuries from India, Persia, and Arabia, and ranging from adventure fantasies, vivacious erotica, and animal fables, to pointed Sufi tales, these stories provided the daily entertainment of the medieval Islamic world at the height of its glory. No one knows exactly when a given story originated, and many circulated orally for centuries before being written down; but in the process of telling and retelling, they were modified to reflect the general life and customs of the Arab society that adapted them―a distinctive synthesis that marks the cultural and artistic history of Islam.

This translation is of the complete text of the Mahdi edition, the definitive Arabic edition of a fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript, which is the oldest surviving version of the tales and considered to be the most authentic.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780393027075
 
With Muhsin Mahdi (other contributor) | from W W Norton & Co Inc (February 1, 1990)
9780393027075 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $27.95
About: Briefly tells the background of the 1001 Nights and includes its stories of demons, kings, slaves, princesses, and viziers
Paperback
Book cover for 9780393331660
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from W W Norton & Co Inc (May 1, 2008); titled "The Arabian Nights"
9780393331660 | details & prices | 518 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.08 lbs | List price $17.95
About: Now as sumptuously packaged as they are critically acclaimed―a new deluxe trade paperback edition of the beloved stories.
from W W Norton & Co Inc (December 1, 1998)
9780393717617 | details & prices | List price $10.01
About: The Sultan's new wife knows that her husband has executed all her predecessors.

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