In Arabian Nights - Tahir Shah

In Arabian Nights

By Tahir Shah

  • Publication Date: 2007-12-26
  • Genre: Africa
5 Score: 5 (From 7 Ratings)

Book Overview

Tahir Shah’s The Caliph’s House, describing his first year in Casablanca, was hailed by critics and compared to such travel classics as A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun. Now Shah takes us deeper into the heart of this exotic and magical land to uncover mysteries that have been hidden from Western eyes for centuries.…

In this entertaining and penetrating book, Tahir sets out on a bold new journey across Morocco that becomes an adventure worthy of the mythical Arabian Nights.

As he wends his way through the labyrinthine medinas of Fez and Marrakesh, traverses the Sahara sands, and tastes the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, Tahir collects a dazzling treasury of traditional stories, gleaned from the heritage of A Thousand and One Nights. The tales, recounted by a vivid cast of characters, reveal fragments of wisdom and an oriental way of thinking that is both enthralling and fresh. A link in the chain of scholars and teachers who have passed these stories down for centuries like a baton in a relay race, Shah reaches layers of culture that most visitors hardly realize exist, and eventually discovers the story living in his own heart.

Along the way he describes the colors, characters, and the passion of Morocco, and comes to understand why it is such an enchanting land. From master masons who labor only at night to Sufi wise men who write for soap operas, and Tuareg guides afflicted by reality TV, In Arabian Nights takes us on an unforgettable journey, shining a light on facets of a society that are normally left in darkness.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Users Reviews

  • In Arabian Nights

    5
    By Time is mine
    More like a journal than a novel.
  • In Arabian Nights

    5
    By yungbludd
    Shah's father introduced us to a new way of reading stories, some ancient, rendered in modern vernacular, that preserve and transmit traditional teachings for full human experience. This book re-emphasizes their significance and offers an approach to incorporating them into one's life and appreciating their universal, intrinsic value. It is written in Shah's usual anecdotal style, based on day to day encounters with interesting people who take very seriously the responsibility of preserving and transmitting the wisdom contained in tales whose messages are vitally important in all cultures.