Author(s): Malcolm Lyons
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 the Arabian Nights- 'Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves Killed by a Slave Girl' is a well-known and well-loved classic, placed alongside the equally enchanting 'Judar and His Brothers' and 'Ma'rus the Cobbler'.