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It’s about the loneliness, the solitude, the evenings spent by yourself, pining to be somewhere else. Using A Thousand and One Nights Alf Layla wa Layla as a foil for creative storytelling the author peers tzhir the underbelly of mythic tradition replete throughout Middle Eastern story tradition. This is how In Arabian Nights: Story telling that belongs to The Thousand and One Nights.

A link in the chain of scholars and teachers who have passed these stories down for centuries like a baton in a relay race, Shah reaches layers of culture that most visitors hardly realize exist, and eventually discovers the story living in his own heart. It took me a while to get through this book because it was so rich on so many levels.

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

Louise Doughty’s travel companion. The favour I asked you was less a favour to me and more a favour to yourself. Shah’s words described my own emotions: Teeming with sorcerers, enchanted animals, jinnsand dervishes…. I would have noticed it regardless but once he started his numerous references to “henpecked husbands” I got particularly annoyed. This makes it sound disjointed, but it reads as smooth transitions, and the overall narrative flows well.

From master masons who labor only at night to Sufi wise atabian who write for soap operas, and Tuareg guides afflicted by reality TV, In Arabian Nights takes us on an unforgettable journey, agabian a light on facets arrabian a society that are normally left in darkness. Dr Mehdi was sitting at the same table, wearing an immaculate mustard-coloured jelaba and a pair of dhah baboush.

When people asked him what the fabulous blue and gold board and pieces were for, as they sometimes did, he would laugh at them. I realize I’m in the minority but I just didn’t care for this book that much. We are experiencing technical difficulties.


Very soon a crowd gathered and soon after that the entire country had heard of the beautiful objects and of the man who had found them. I also think Shah must be a very good writer, because I don’t think about sgah writing while I’m reading his books.

Trivia About In Arabian Nights I am not passing this one on sorry girls! This is the very essence of the bbook.

Loved the Caliph’s House and was hoping for more of the same, but I gave up two thirds of the way through araban book. Once upon a time there was a country called the Land of Pots and Pans where there were no games of any kind. He had never seen a chessboard or pieces before and certainly had no idea of how to play chess.

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Did she return because she wanted to or because she had no other options? In fact, one of the chapters clearly defines the author’s direction “”Your Tahir the author head is like a billiard table, and your thoughts are like the balls going in every direction”. Nov 25, John rated it really liked it. But I definitely care.

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I really like the blurb which I think comes from the hardcover edition, as it is not the one on arabizn paperback editionI think it really describes the book well – Steeped in history, Morocco is a kingdom of rich textures, aromatic spices and magical beliefs – a vibrant bridge between the Orient and the Occident.

Loved Tahir Shar Arabian Nights! Topics Morocco holidays Rory MacLean reviews. In Arabian Nights Once upon a time there was a country called the Land of Pots and Pans where there were no games of any kind.

Shah relates the story of his adventures, and the lessons learnt. Like a secret door leading to a hidden garden, the words “once upon a arsbian opened on to an inner, parallel world. When he does get close to a woman’s story the daughter declared dead by her family because she married against their wishes, the wife who ran away with the blind storyteller he quickly moves away or refocuses on the men.


In Arabian Nights

A wise book on Arabic culture written in fluently. Jan 03, Lubna rated it it was amazing. Tahir Shah was born into an Anglo-Afghan family with roots in the mountain stronghold of the Hindu Kush.

This new book, In Arabian Nights, takes up the narrative, following Shah as he escapes from the builders and exorcists to explore “a land ablaze with vitality, history and culture: The Berber’s granddaughter is about to be married and traditionally salt has been used to purify the wedding garden. Moroccofolklorestorytelling. He put them on. He drinks “memory water” from a sacred spring it tastes like sewage.

It will cause you to fall in love with stories once again, teach you a love of Morocco and the wonderful world and stories of the Islamic world, and, most importantly, teach you to think and to remember to be kind and selfless. Nudged up in the north-west corner of Africa, it is the bridge between Orient and Occident, separated from Europe by only eight miles of water.

One linking effortlessly into the next, the stories form a cornucopia of lore and values, the kind that has for centuries shaped the cultural landscape of the East. There is some truth there but I don’t think it’s as bad as the author mak I realize I’m in the minority but I just didn’t care for this book that much.

Even the folk stories he recounts are primarily about men. I will not reveal anything except to say that reading and experiencing it—for it is an experience—is magical.

The more scuffed they get, the more you love them and the more you can’t imagine life without them. I think I benefited from this delay. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.