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A goldsmith’s daughter who eludes the Prince of Darkness, three wandering brothers born from a walnut tree, the Princess of Fantasistan, the case of the Shah’s lost ruby ring, the leopard and the Sultan’s emissary, the Cook and the Unforgettable Sneeze… These are just some of the enchanting stories described in Tales from the Bazaars of Arabia, a collection of classic folk A goldsmith’s daughter who eludes the Prince of Darkness, three wandering brothers born from a walnut tree, the Princess of Fantasistan, the case of the Shah’s lost ruby ring, the leopard and the Sultan’s emissary, the Cook and the Unforgettable Sneeze… These are just some of the enchanting stories described in Tales from the Bazaars of Arabia, a collection of classic folktales gathered from Arabia, Afghanistan, Persia and Turkey. Each story is alive with vivid characters - beggars and kings, merchants, witches and djinns - and threaded with universal motifs of fantasy and magic, fate and karma, good and evil. With spirit and passion, Amina Shah here illuminates the exoticism of bygone worlds and resurrects the memories and traditions of some of the greatest storytelling cultures in the world.


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A goldsmith’s daughter who eludes the Prince of Darkness, three wandering brothers born from a walnut tree, the Princess of Fantasistan, the case of the Shah’s lost ruby ring, the leopard and the Sultan’s emissary, the Cook and the Unforgettable Sneeze… These are just some of the enchanting stories described in Tales from the Bazaars of Arabia, a collection of classic folk A goldsmith’s daughter who eludes the Prince of Darkness, three wandering brothers born from a walnut tree, the Princess of Fantasistan, the case of the Shah’s lost ruby ring, the leopard and the Sultan’s emissary, the Cook and the Unforgettable Sneeze… These are just some of the enchanting stories described in Tales from the Bazaars of Arabia, a collection of classic folktales gathered from Arabia, Afghanistan, Persia and Turkey. Each story is alive with vivid characters - beggars and kings, merchants, witches and djinns - and threaded with universal motifs of fantasy and magic, fate and karma, good and evil. With spirit and passion, Amina Shah here illuminates the exoticism of bygone worlds and resurrects the memories and traditions of some of the greatest storytelling cultures in the world.

30 review for Tales from the Bazaars of Arabia: Folk Stories from the Middle East

  1. 4 out of 5

    Edoardo Albert

    A difficult review to write. The stories were well told, or retold, but for me they did not quite work. Perhaps the presence, and power, of magic was just too pervasive - anything was possible and thus nothing really mattered. I'd be interested in knowing how representative these tales were of the respective storytelling traditions - principally Arabic, Iranian, Afghan and Indian.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Vigil

    Great collection of folk tales from the Middle East, Iran, Turkey, Arabia and Afghanistan. Beautifully retold and each story captures the reader's imagination. Definitely recommend if you like folk tales from around the world:)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Austin

    This book is amazing. Want to read a story about a cowardly prince who journeys far and wide to escape battling a leopard to earn his birthright? Three boys born from walnuts? Or a feisty pebble? This is your book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maria Longley

    Tales from the Bazaars has a lovely collection of short folk stories from Turkey, Persia, Arabia, and Afghanistan. I love the local variations on the themes in the stories, and was surprised by King Suleiman being such a widely known/used figure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Henna

    An amazing collection of tales. Some with elements you would find in folk tales around the rest of the world too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Kendall

    A derlightfuil mix of short tales with reaccurung themes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karl Galle

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Fatma

    كتاب جيد ككل حكايات متنوعة معظمها جيد لكن غير منطقية تماما ربما تحتاج سن اصغر أو مرونة أكثر لقراءتها أكثر جزا اعجبني حكايات من أفغانستان اشعر بانها الجزء الوحيد الذي استطيع قراءته كقصص متكاملة لكن الباقي نهايتها معظمها سحرية في اخر 3 سطور من القصة

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Banerjee

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Hilary Bradley-Woodstock

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