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The Arabian Nights in Historical Context: Between East and West

Saree Makdisi and Felicity Nussbaum


Alf layla wa layla (known in English as A Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights) changed the world on a scale unrivalled by any other literary text. Inspired by a 14th-century Syrian manuscript, the appearance of Antoine Galland's twelve-volume Mille et Une Nuits in English translation (1704-1717), closely followed by the Grub Street English edition, drew the text into European circulation. Over the following three hundred years, a widely heterogeneous series of editions, compilations, translations, and variations circled the globe to reveal the absorption of The Arabian N ... More

Keywords: Arabian Nights, Orient, Orientalism, Arabic, East, West, Galland, translation, Romantic, Enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199554157
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saree Makdisi, editor
University of California, Los Angeles
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Felicity Nussbaum, editor
University of California, Los Angeles
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