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Arabian Nights

One Thousand and One Nights - is a famous collection of Middle-Eastern folk tales and stories compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. It is also known in English as the Arabian Nights. Many tales and fables were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others are drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazar Afsan.

The folk tales in the "One Thousand and One Nights" collection can be traced to the medieval Egyptian, Arabic, Indian, and Persian story-tellers. Arabian Nights story is first attested in a 12th century loan record for a Jewish bookseller in Cairo.

The most common theme in many Arabian Nights tales and stories is destiny and fate.

1704 - (The first European version) French translation of The Arabian Nights.

The Arabian Nights inspired and influenced poetry in English and many well-known authors: William Thackeray, Stendhal, Sir Walter Scott, Alexandre Dumas, Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Pushkin, J. W. von Goethe, Conan Doyle and others.

Some of the well-known stories of Arabian Nights are: "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor", "The Enchanted Horse" and many others.

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