The Arabian Nights

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The Arabian Nights is the most popular English title for the Arabic collection of Middle Eastern folk tales called أَلْف لَيْلَة وَلَيْلَة‎‎ (pronounced "Alf layla wa-layla", and meaning "One Thousand and One Nights"), compiled during the Islamic Golden Age.

The original stories

This title derives from the first English-language edition (1706), which rendered the title as The Arabian Nights' Entertainment, in turn based on the first European version (1704–1717) by Antoine Galland, called Les Mille et une nuits, contes arabes traduits en français ("Thousand and one nights, Arab stories translated into French"), and also containing additional material such as the popular stories of "Aladdin's Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor". (See further the entry in Wikipedia on One Thousand and One Nights[1].