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Friday, 22 April 2016

Sepia Saturday 327 23/04/2016 Aladdin;




One Thousand and One Nights; alf layla wa-layla  a collection of Middle Eastern stories and folk tales. The stories were compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. In English the book is known as the Arabian Nights from the first English language edition from 1706. Translations miss out especially when translated from a language as poetic as Arabic.



The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Mesopotamian, Indian, and Egyptian folklore and literature. In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazar Afsan, A Thousand Tales) which in turn relied partly on Indian elements. As it is always with stories they are like chinese whispers, added to,  taken away, embellished, also the overall story stays in place.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more. Prose is mainly used in the texts. Some verse is used for songs and riddles or to express great emotion. 



A Street in Allepo: old houses with harems




Egypt Old Postcard Cairo, Caffe Native Coffihous, Arabian Arab Cafe Coffee House




An Ottoman coffeehouse in Tophane, Mıgırdiç Civanyan, late 19th century.

Where story telling must have flourished.






None of the other tales have been as widely commercialized as Aladdin.




Batik Harem Pants from Indonesia




Aladdin's Lamps at a market in Morocco






Silver necklace with the magic lamp.

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Sepia Saturday 327 : 23 April 2016



Pictures courtesy Google/ Text Ts

12 comments:

  1. The world of Arabian Nights is so beautiful and exotic and complex. I'm 'almost' tempted to reread the stories.

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    1. I think that's why Aladdin was such a successful, movies etc.

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  2. It would be fun to read the original version.

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  3. Nice take on the prompt & I love those harem pants! :)

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    1. they are very comfortable and also look great!

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  4. Thank you for this background to the Arabian Nights - I have to admit I was rather vague about them.

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  5. Great to learn from your research. And I wonder why you show the harem pants without a model? Oh well, I have always enjoyed the tales, the lamp, the intrigue!

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  6. Very appropriate, and when you think about it our blogs and Sepia Saturday are just another style of storytelling. I've got another 695 to go before I match 1001.

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    1. Mike, you are nearly there. Your story telling is fantastic.

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  7. Very interesting, thanks for giving us that background information and illustrations about Aladdin.

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