Dr. Paul Cobb, Professor of Islamic History, University of Pennsylvania June 1, 2016
The Arabian Nights is probably the medieval Arabic book best known in the west, full of ripping yarns and vivid characters that have influenced film, music, and literature for centuries. But did you know that some of its most cherished tales, such as those of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, Sindbad, and even Aladdin, were added by modern European translators? Dr. Cobb offers a walkthrough of the fascinating history of this rambling book from its origins in ancient Middle Eastern myths to its status as European bestseller during the Enlightenment.
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Second Round of Videos from the Watson Kintner Collection. Watch selections from the Penn Museum's film archive. The majority of films are from the Watson Kintner collection, from excavation sites and other research sites around the world.