The Arabian Nights' Entertainment( One Thousand and One Nights) , is a collection of folk tales and other stories.
The collection, or at least certain stories drawn from it (or purporting to be drawn from it), became widely known in the West from the eighteenth century, after it was translated — first into French and then English and other European languages. Sometime in the nineteenth century it acquired the English name, The Arabian Nights' Entertainment or simply Arabian Nights, by which it is still best known to English speaking people.The original concept is most likely derived from a pre-Islamic Persian prototype that probably relied partly on Indian elements, but the work as we have it was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators and scholars across the Middle East and North Africa.
Some of the best-known stories of The Nights, particularly "Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor", while most likely genuine Arabic folk tales, were not part of the The Nights in its Arabic versions, but were interpolated into the collection by its early European translators.
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