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Did Dante plagiarize the Divine Comedy from Kitab al-Miraj?

Sources This answer is mainly based on Reginald Hyatte (1997), The Prophet of Islam in Old French: The Romance of Muhammad (1258) and The Book of Muhammad’s Ladder (1264), New York: Brill. This ...
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Origin of the phrase "Open Sesame"

This blog post gives a very interesting possible origin for the phrase Open Sesame. It says that the Arabic word simsim, in addition to meaning sesame, is also a rare literary word for gate. Thus, the ...
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Did Dante plagiarize the Divine Comedy from Kitab al-Miraj?

Dante was probably influenced and inspired by various Muslim sources, including the Kitab al-Miraj, but the similarities are not strong enough to claim plagiarism. This conjecture dates from 1919 and ...
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Which story from 'One Thousand and One Nights' does the following artwork by Léon Carré depict?

This picture can be found in the book Illustrations du Livre des Mille et Une Nuits, by Léon Carré and Mohamed Racim. This book reprints the illustrations that Léon Carré made for Les Mille et Une ...
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Origin of the phrase "Open Sesame"

According to Wikipedia: The phrase first appears in writing in Antoine Galland's Les Mille et une nuits (1704–1717) as Sésame, ouvre-toi (English, "Sesame, open!").[1] No earlier oral or written ...
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When did Ja'far ibn Yahya start being portrayed as an evil vizier?

To clarify the moment of his Transformation the portrayal of the historical Jafar Ibn Yahya as well in written fiction and film needs to be examined. Jafar Ibn Yahya* as a historical character. He ...
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What significance does the opening grid illustration of Burton’s 1,001 Nights have?

The most direct answer to you question is that the "illustration" is a version of Arabic Calligraphic text: Kufic Script. The geometrically ornate square is aesthetically appealling on its ...
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Why do the translators of "Social Justice in Islam" strongly hint at its controversiality, without mentioning what's controversial?

Much of the potential for controversy can be put down to the reputation of its author It would seem that this is less about controversy surrounding the book itself, and more about its author, and ...
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Which story from 'One Thousand and One Nights' does the following artwork by Léon Carré depict?

A reverse google image search leads to this page: https://magiachisel.ru/KartyTaro/Skazka1001.aspx?skz=60&pg=11#60 which claims the illustration is for "The Story of the Two Princes El-Amjad ...
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What are the 1001 stories in One Thousand and One Nights?

The framing story of 1001 nights allows the number of nights to be nowhere close to the number of stories. Sometimes, one story would last for 3 or more nights due to the introduction of so called ...
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How does scansion work in Arabic poetry?

Prosody is the science that describes poetry forms called meters or seas (bohor) in Arabic. The comparison between two prosodies requires some basic knowledge of both prosodies. In western prosodies ...
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In "Sinbad the Seaman and Sinbad the Landsman", from Arabian Nights, what does gars me pine mean?

Gar is a northern English and Scottish word that can mean to make, to cause. The phrase "gars me pine" means roughly "makes me feel sad". The OED has many citations showing different shades of ...
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What are the 1001 stories in One Thousand and One Nights?

I have interpreted your question ‘What are the stories in 1001 nights’ to mean ‘What are the specific titles of the numerous stories contained within the work’? Now since it would be time consuming ...
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How can we explain the porter's order of events in The Arabian Nights?

TL;DR: Most likely an error of composition or copying. The 15th century Syrian ‘Galland manuscript’, the oldest extant manuscript of the Nights. Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Arabe 3609–...
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Are modern editions of the Koran still written in the original form of Arabic?

tl;dr The Quran is by definition in the original language. A rendition of the Quran in modern Arabic would not be the Quran at all. Deets It is generally accepted that the caliph Uthman ibn Affan ...
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Is Wilfrid Scawen Blunt's poem 'The Camel Rider' really a translation?

It's difficult to be sure. Wilfrid Scawen Blunt was an Englishman who travelled extensively in the Middle East, spending many years in Egypt but also seeing other Arabic speaking countries such as ...
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Automata in the Arabian Nights, specifically "The Story of the Magic Horse"

In the section of Tuczay's paper entitled "The Automaton and the Genie in the Bottle", she covers the history of mechanical moving figures both in literature and in history, from the legendary ...
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What are the 1001 stories in One Thousand and One Nights?

"1001 Nights" refers to the story that links all the other stories together (framing device); the story of the king who slays his unfaithful wife and decides to marry a new woman each day and kill her ...
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I would like to identify a specific part of Ibn Khaldun's Muqaddimah

The chapters' numbers are not consistent between the English and Arabic editions that you linked to. In the Arabic edition, the text is actually found in chapter 31. Following the actual numbering of ...
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Identify Arabic book, Flowers of the Spring

A search of the OCLC WorldCat catalogue for an Arabic language book with the title Flowers of the Spring returns six results, of which Zahr al-rabi by Niʻmat Allāh ibn ʻAbd Allāh Jazāʼirī seems ...
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