1001 Nights (Updated)

February 8, 2015

The bedtime stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin are enchanting stories. They’re also much more: violent, sexually explicit, political, and feminist.

  1. 1001 Nights 101

    The Thousand and One Nights have been told and re-told for centuries, censored and banned in the Middle East, and made into cheesy Disney movies for kids. But have you ever read them? Here's the backstory with Steve Paulson. 

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  2. 1001 Nights: A Retelling - Hanan Al-Shaykh

    Sheherezade –  the world’s first feminist. Lebanese writer Hanan Al-Shaykh has re-told some of her stories in a new collection.

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  3. SONIC SIDEBAR: Orhan Pamuk on The Arabian Nights

    How relevant are 1001 Nights today? Well, they’re still a powerful influence for some very famous writers. Here' Turkish author, Orhan Pamuk.

    You can also hear our interview with Pamuk on his novel "Snow."

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  4. Salman Rushdie on "Luka and the Fire of Life"

    Salman Rushdie's life has been a fantasy, but not necessarily in the way he would have wanted.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Narcissism is Good

    Elizabeth Lunbeck’s Dangerous Idea is narcissism is good.

     

     

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  6. On Our Minds: OKCupid

    Christian Rudder, the founder of OKCupid, thinks cupid’s arrow may just be an algorithm.

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