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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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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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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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Which book had a character read 1001 Arabian Nights for extra credit?

The book is most likely The Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein by Johanna Hurwitz (and with illustrations by Gail Owens), published by HarperCollins in 1995. Below is the "evidence" (from the ...
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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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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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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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