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The Arabian Nights (New Deluxe Edition): Based on the Text Edited by Muhsin Mahdi Kindle Edition


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Now as sumptuously packaged as they are critically acclaimed—a new deluxe trade paperback edition of the beloved stories.


The stories of ?The Arabian Nights ?(and stories within stories, and stories within stories within stories) are famously told by the Princess Shahrazad, under the threat of death should the king lose interest in her tale. Collected over the centuries from India, Persia, and Arabia, and ranging from adventure fantasies, vivacious erotica, and animal fables, to pointed Sufi tales, these stories provided the daily entertainment of the medieval Islamic world at the height of its glory. No one knows exactly when a given story originated, and many circulated orally for centuries before being written down; but in the process of telling and retelling, they were modified to reflect the general life and customs of the Arab society that adapted them—a distinctive synthesis that marks the cultural and artistic history of Islam.

This translation is of the complete text of the Mahdi edition, the definitive Arabic edition of a fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript, which is the oldest surviving version of the tales and considered to be the most authentic.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2029 KB
  • Print Length: 559 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New Deluxe Edition edition (17 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DW1X9HA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Arabian Nights ever! 26 November 2015
By Jay E - Published on Amazon.com
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Comparing this translation with Burton is like night and day. Modern language but ancient thought expression. Very nice and clear as these tales can be told without the additions and deletions which were made by previous translators who needed to satisfy their cultural norms and for political correctness, not to offend. Mahdi's translation is bold and authentic! Like you have never imagined. If you are going to read the Nights, this is the one. Absolutely the best yet!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the closest you can get to the originals 31 August 2016
By Connor Meckstroth - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember reading this version of the tales in school, and I've since realized the censored and "westernized" prints cannot compete. It's a must have for any scholar of eastern culture, just as it was meant to be taken. This comes with the drawback of not being child friendly, but it's lessons will more than make up for that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My only critique is that some stories are dull, progressing slower than others 6 February 2017
By Scoha - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm enjoying The Arabian Nights so far. The structure of the narrative is quite unique, as the stories are intertwined in an unpredictable way. My only critique is that some stories are dull, progressing slower than others. Overall, though, it's an intriguing book--definitely not the typical Western short story collection.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for the introduction 18 March 2014
By Schlitze - Published on Amazon.com
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The introduction was fascinating to me, seriously. I loved reading about the origins and evolution of the work. It was totally not what I was looking for as far as the stories, but I can't give it fewer stars based on that. Why should I give an author or particular book fewer stars because I made a bad choice? I hate when people do that.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's pretty good. 8 December 2014
By Nadim Kobeissi - Published on Amazon.com
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The translation is sometimes too literal. I would have rather they referred to Djinns and Ifrits by their original names, instead of lumping them all as "demons." Any Arab would tell you that Djinns and Ifrits have substantial differences as types of demons.

But aside from that, it's pretty good.