The Arabian Nights, known in Arabic as Alf laylah wa laylah or The Thousand and One Nights, is an anonymous collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian narratives compiled during the Islamic Golden Age (8th-15th centuries CE). Containing hundreds of fables, heroic epics, historical tales, love stories, tragedies, burlesques, debates, fairy tales, political allegories, poems, adventure fantasies, erotic and pornographic stories, murder mysteries, suspense thrillers with multiple plot twists, scatological jokes, mystical anecdotes, chronicles of low life, rhetorical debates, and comedies, the work is a veritable literary labyrinth consisting of numerous layers of stories within stories. </…
Morrow, John Andrew. "One Thousand and One Nights". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 March 2010; last revised 30 November -1.
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