A Hundred and One Nights (Library of Arabic Literature #45) (Hardcover)

A Hundred and One Nights (Library of Arabic Literature #45) By Bruce Fudge (Editor), Bruce Fudge (Translator), Robert Irwin (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Bruce Fudge (Editor), Bruce Fudge (Translator), Robert Irwin (Foreword by)
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This is book number 45 in the Library of Arabic Literature series.


Known to us only through North African manuscripts, and translated into English for the first time, A Hundred and One Nights is a marvelous example of the rich tradition of popular Arabic storytelling. Like its more famous sibling, the Thousand and One Nights, this collection opens with the frame story of Shahrazad, the gifted vizier's daughter who recounts imaginative tales night after night in an effort to distract the murderous king from taking her life. A Hundred and One Nights features an almost entirely different set of stories, however, each one more thrilling, amusing, and disturbing than the last. In them, we encounter tales of epic warriors, buried treasures, disappearing brides, cannibal demon women, fatal shipwrecks, and clever ruses, where human strength and ingenuity play out against a backdrop of inexorable, inscrutable fate.

Although these tales draw on motifs and story elements that circulated across cultures, A Hundred and One Nights is distinctly rooted in Arabic literary culture and the Islamic tradition. It is also likely much older than Thousand and One Nights, drawing on Indian and Chinese antecedents. This careful edition and vibrant translation of A Hundred and One Nights promises to transport readers, new and veteran alike, into its fantastical realms of magic and wonder.

A bilingual Arabic-English edition.

About the Author

Bruce Fudge (Edited and Translated by) Bruce Fudge is Professor of Arabic at the University of Geneva. He is the author of Quranic Hermeneutics: al-Tabrisi and the Craft of Commentary (2011) as well as a number of articles on the interpretation of the Quran and medieval and modern Arabic literature. Robert Irwin (Foreword by) Robert Irwin is the author of The Arabian Nights: A Companion as well as numerous other studies of Middle Eastern politics, art, and mysticism.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780814745199
ISBN-10: 0814745199
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Library of Arabic Literature
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