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By Saree Makdisi, Felicity Nussbaum

Alf layla wa layla (known in English as one thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights) replaced the realm on a scale unrivalled through the other literary textual content. encouraged via a fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript, the looks of Antoine Galland's twelve-volume Mille et Une Nuits in English translation (1704-1717), heavily via the Grub road English variation, drew the textual content into eu move. Over the next three
hundred years, a commonly heterogeneous sequence of variants, compilations, translations, and diversifications rotated the globe to bare the absorption of The Arabian Nights into English, Continental, and international literatures, and its transformative go back to fashionable Arabic literature, the place it now enjoys a level of prominence that it had never
attained throughout the classical interval. starting with a radical advent situating The Arabian Nights in its ancient and cultural contexts-and supplying a clean exam of the text's a number of destinations within the lengthy heritage of recent Orientalism—this choice of essays by way of famous students from 'East', 'West', and in-between reassesses the effect of the Nights in Enlightenment and Romantic literature, in addition to the text's energetic after-life within the contemporary
Arabic novel.

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