Seminar discusses stories of Arabian Nights

ABU DHABI — The stories of Arabian Nights, or One Thousand and One Nights, was the theme of the first academic seminar organised by the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi here.



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Silvia Radan

Published: Tue 17 Apr 2007, 8:54 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:42 AM

The first session of the seminar, held on April 12 at Emirates Palace, introduced to the audience the story of Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

The session started in the evening with a performance by famous violinist Igal Shamir, who performed a beautiful aria (a long accompanied song for a solo voice in an opera) of Scheherazade.

Abou Bakr Charaibi, professor at the National Institute for Languages and Oriental Civilization in Paris, and an author of many books on Arabian Nights, said the stories of Arabian Nights could be looked at in a scientific way, not so much from the point of view of the content, but from the structure of the stories, as each tale includes several others.

Speaking on the occasion, Charaibi also revealed that the number of stories in Arabian Nights differed from publisher to publisher.

Arabian Nights, he said, not only included fantasy tales, but they also were anecdotes on the Arab rulers of the time, the legends, the myths and even stories based on historical events.


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