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.
About the Author
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
Tales from the Bazaars * Zorah, the Goldsmith’s Daughter * The Old One and the Seeker * The Bully and the Poisoned Fish * The Princess of Fantasistan * The Warrior’s Daughter and the Four Suitors * The Queen of Saba and the Infidel * The Caliph’s Deception * Tales from Turkey * Prince Atilla’s Journey to the End of the World * The King, the Dog and the Golden Bowl * The Lady Who Came Out of a Cupboard * The Poor Bird-catcher and the Talking Bird * Tales from Persia * Princess Feroza and the Horse Prince * The Weaver and the Dev * The Water-Carrier and the Three Walnuts * Rustam and the Iron Fortress * The Shah’s Ring * Tales from Arabia * The Tale of Hatim Tai * The Princess, the Vizier and the Ape * The Deaf Brother and the Blind Brother * The Sultan’s Emissary and the Leopard * The Faithful Gazelle * Tales from Afghanistan * The Emir’s Cook and the Unforgettable Sneeze * The Magnificent Boots * The Prince who Feared Tigers * The Pebble which Wanted to Travel the World * The Lost mares * The Precious Pearl * The Treasure Hoard of the Afreet* The Nagging Grandmother * The Girl with the Glass Heart * The Keeper of the King’s Horses * The Magic Talisman * The Game of ‘I Remember’ * The Carpet Merchant’s Daughter and the Snake * Abdul Karim’s Escape