Tales from the Bazaars of Arabia Folk Stories from the Middle East

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-15
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
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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 inTales 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.

Author Biography

Amina Shah is widely regarded as one of the greatest collectors and tellers of traditional folktales of our time. Formerly Chairperson of the British College of Storytellers, she is the author of several important collections of stories, including Assemblies of Al-Hariri, Arabian Fairytales and Tales of Afghanistan.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction: The War in Sinkiang
"The Die is Cast! We cross the Rubicon"
Through ruined villages to Turfan
With Big Horse Chief of Staff and the Tiger Prince
Through gorges and burning villages in Robberland
To Korla, the City of our Sorrows
Our lives are threatened
In search of Georg
The convoy is attacked and fired on
Ma Chung-yin takes our lorries and Korla is bombed from the air
An anxious night
Big Horse's soldiers loot Korla
The victors' entry
General Bektieieff
The second imprisonment
The drivers' return
How Georg and Effe feld with Big Horse
Big Horse flight to Russian Turkestan
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