Cassim in the cave, by Maxfield Parrish, 1909, from the story "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"
|Genre||Frame story, Folk tales|
|Set in||Middle Ages|
The Book of One Thousand and One Nights is an old cycle (or group) of stories that mostly come from Arabia and Persia, and a few also from India, Central Asia and China. All these stories were later collected together. There are different layers of the stories:
- Uppermost is the story of Queen Scheherazade who needs to entertain her husband, the Sultan or King Sheheryar, or she would be put to death.
- The next layer is made up of the actual stories, such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, etc.
- In those stories, there is often also a narrator who tells the story.
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