The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note to this Web Edition

Dedications to the Original Ten Volumes

The Translator’s Foreword.

The Book of The Thousand Nights and a Night

  1. The Story Of King Shahryar and His Brother
  2. Tale of the Trader and the Jinni.
    1. The First Shaykh’s Story.
    2. The Second Shaykh’s Story.
    3. The Third Shaykh’s Story.
  3. The Fisherman and the Jinni.
    1. The Tale of the Wazir and the Sage Duban.
      1. King Sindibad and his Falcon.
      2. The Tale of the Husband and the Parrot.
      3. The Tale of the Prince and the Ogress.
    2. The Tale of the Ensorcelled Prince.
  4. The Porter and the Three Ladies of Baghdad.
  5. The Tale of the Three Apples
  6. Tale of Nur Al-Din and his Son.
  7. The Hunchback’s Tale.
  8. Nur Al–Din Ali and the Damsel Anis Al–Jalis
  9. Tale of Ghanim bin Ayyub, the Distraught, the Thrall o’ Love.
  10. Tale of King Omar Bin Al–Nu’uman and his sons Sharrkan and Zau Al–Makan, and what befel them of things seld-seen and Peregrine.
  11. The Birds and Beasts and The Carpenter
  12. The Hermits.
  13. Tale of the Water Fowl and The Tortoise.
  14. Tale of the Wolf and the Fox.
  15. Tale of the Mouse and the Ichneumon
  16. The Cat and the Crow
  17. The Fox and the Crow
  18. The Hedgehog and the Wood-Pigeons
  19. The Thief and his Monkey
  20. The Sparrow and the Peacock
  21. Tale of Ali Bin Bakkar and of Shams Al-Nahar.
  22. Tale of Kamar Al Zaman
  23. Ala Al-Din Abu Al-Shamat.
  24. Hatim of the Tribe of Tayy.
  25. Tale of Ma’an the Son of Zaidah.
  26. Ma’an Son of Zaidah and the Badawi.
  27. The City of Labtayt.
  28. The Caliph Hisham and the Arab Youth.
  29. Ibrahim Bin Al-Mahdi and The Barber-Surgeon.
  30. The City of Many Columned Iram and Abdullah Son of Abi Kilabah.
  31. Isaac of Mosul.
  32. The Sweep and the Noble Lady.
  33. The Mock Caliph.
  34. Ali the Persian.
  35. Tale of Harun Al-Rashid and the Slave-Girl and the Imam Abu Yusuf.
  36. Tale of the Lover Who Feigned Himself A Thief.
  37. Ja’afar the Barmecide and the Bean Seller.
  38. Abu Mohammed Hight Lazybones.
  39. Generous Dealing of Yahya Bin Khalid the Barmecide with Mansur.
  40. Generous Dealing of Yahya Son of KhÁLid with A Man Who Forged A Letter in His Name.
  41. Caliph Al-Maamun and the Strange Scholar.
  42. Ali Shar and Zumurrud.
  43. The Loves of Jubayr Bin Umayr and the Lady Budur.
  44. The Man of Ai-Yaman and his Six Slave-Girls.
  45. Harun Al-Rashid and the Damsel and Abu Nowas.
  46. The Man Who Stole the Dish of Gold Wherein the Dog Ate.
  47. The Sharper of Alexandria and the Chief of Police.
  48. Al-Malik Al-Nasir and the Three Chiefs of Police.
  49. The Thief and the Shroff.
  50. The Chief of the Kus Police and the Sharper.
  51. Ibrahim Bin Al-Mahdi and The Merchant’s Sister.
  52. The Woman Whose Hands Were Cut Off for Giving Alms to the Poor.
  53. The Devout Israelite.
  54. Abu Hassan Al-Ziyadi and The Khorasan.
  55. The Poor Man and his Friend in Need.
  56. The Ruined Man Who Became Rich Again Through A Dream.
  57. Caliph Al-Mutawakkil and his Concubine Mahbubah.
  58. Wardan the Butcher; his Adventure with the Lady and the Bear.
  59. The King’s Daughter and the Ape.
  60. The Ebony Horse.
  61. Uns Al-Wujud and the Wazir’s Daughter Al-Ward Fi’l-Akmam or Rose-IN-Hood.
  62. Abu Nowas with the Three Boys and the Caliph Harun Al-Rashid
  63. Abdallah Bin Ma’amar with the Man of Bassorah and his Slave-Girl.
  64. The Lovers of the Banu Ozrah
  65. Wazir of Al-Yaman and his Young Brother
  66. The Loves of the Boy and Girl at School
  67. Al-Mutalammis and his Wife Umaymah
  68. The Caliph Harum Al-Rashid and Queen Zubaydah in the Bath
  69. Harun Al-Rashid and the Three Poets
  70. Mus’ab Bin Al-Zubayr and Ayishah his Wife
  71. Abu Al-Aswad and his Slave-Girl
  72. Harun Al-Rashid and the Two Slave-Girls
  73. The Caliph Harun Al-Rashid and the Three Slave-Girls
  74. The Miller and his Wife
  75. The Simpleton and the Sharper
  76. The Kazi Abu Yusuf with Harun Al-Rashid and Queen Zubaydah
  77. The Caliph Al-Hakim and The Merchant
  78. King Kisra Anushirwan and The Village Damsel
  79. Water-Carrier and the Goldsmith’s Wife
  80. Khusrau and Shirin and the Fisherman
  81. Yahya Bin Khalid the Barmecide and the Poor Man
  82. Mohammed Al-Amin and the Slave-Girl
  83. The Sons of Yahya Bin Khalid and Sa’id Bin Salim Al-Bahili
  84. The Woman’s Trick Against her Husband
  85. The Devout Woman and the Two Wicked Elders
  86. Ja’afar the Barmecide and the Old Badawl
  87. The Caliph Omar Bin Al-Khattab and the Young Badawi
  88. The Caliph Al-Maamun and The Pyramids of Egypt
  89. The Thief and the Merchant
  90. Masrur the Eunuch and Ibn Al-Karibi
  91. The Devotee Prince
  92. The Unwise Schoolmaster Who Fell in Love by Report
  93. The Foolish Dominie
  94. Illiterate Who Set Up for A Schoolmaster
  95. The King and the Virtuous Wife.
  96. Abd Al-Rahman the Maghribi’s Story of the Rukh.
  97. Adi Bin Zayd and the Princess Hind.
  98. Di’ibil Al-Khuza’i with the Lady and Muslim Bin Al-Walid.
  99. Isaac of Mosul and the Merchant.
  100. The Three Unfortunate Lovers.
  101. How Abu Hasan Brake Wind.
  102. The Lovers of the Banu Tayy.
  103. The Mad Lover.
  104. The Prior Who Became A Moslem.
  105. The Loves of Abu Isa and Kurrat Al-Ayn.
  106. Al-Amin Son of Al-Rashid and his Uncle Ibrahim Bin Al-Mahdi.
  107. Al-Fath Bin Khakan and the Caliph Al-Mutawakkil.
  108. The Man’s Dispute with the Learned Woman Concerning the Relative Excellence of Male and Female.
  109. Abu Suwayd and the Pretty Old Woman.
  110. The Emir Ali Bin Tahir and The Girl Muunis.
  111. The Woman Who Had A Boy and the Other Who Had A Man to Lover.
  112. Ali the Cairene and the Haunted House in Baghdad.
  113. The Pilgrim Man and the Old Woman.
  114. Abu Al-Husn and his Slave-Girl Tawaddud.
  115. The Angel of Death with The Proud King and the Devout Man.
  116. The Angel of Death and the Rich King.
  117. The Angel of Death and the King of the Children of Israel.
  118. Iskandar Zu Al-Karnayn and A Certain Tribe of Poor Folk.
  119. The Righteousness of King Anushirwan.
  120. The Jewish Kazi and his Pious Wife.
  121. The Shipwrecked Woman and her Child.
  122. The Pious Black Slave.
  123. The Devout Tray-Maker and his Wife.
  124. Al-Hajjaj and the Pious Man.
  125. The Blacksmith Who Could Handle Fire Without Hurt.
  126. The Devotee to Whom Allah Gave A Cloud for Service and the Devout King.
  127. The Moslem Champion and The Christian Damsel.
  128. The Christian King’s Daughter and the Moslem.
  129. The Prophet and the Justice of Providence.
  130. The Ferryman of the Nile and the Hermit.
  131. The Island King and the Pious Israelite.
  132. Abu Al-Hasan and Abu Ja’afar the Leper.
  133. The Queen of the Serpents.
  134. Sindbad The Seaman and Sindbad The Landsman.
  135. The City of Brass.
  136. Craft and Malice of Women, or The Tale of the King, His Son, His Concubine and the Seven Wazirs.
  137. Judar and his Brethren.
  138. History of Gharib and his Brother Ajib.
  139. Otbah and Rayya.
  140. Hind, Daughter of Al-Nu’man and Al-Hajjaj.
  141. Khuzaymah Bin Bishr and Ikrimah Al-Fayyaz.
  142. Yunus the Scribe and the Caliph Walid Bin Sahl.
  143. Harun Al-Rashid and the Arab Girl.
  144. Al-Asma’i and the Three Girls of Bassorah.
  145. Ibrahim of Mosul and the Devil.
  146. The Lovers of the Banu Uzrah.
  147. The Badawi and his Wife.
  148. The Lovers of Bassorah.
  149. Ishak of Mosul and his Mistress and the Devil.
  150. The Lovers of Al-Medinah.
  151. Al-Malik Al-Nasir and his Wazir.
  152. The Rogueries of Dalilah The Crafty and her Daughter Zaynab the Coney-Catcher.
  153. Ardashir and Hayat Al-Nufus.
  154. Julnar the Sea-Born and her Son King Badr Basim of Persia.
  155. King Mohammed Bin Sabaik and the Merchant Hasan.
  156. Hasan of Bassorah.
  157. Khalifah the Fisherman of Baghdad
  158. Khalifah The Fisherman of Baghdad.
  159. Masrur and Zayn Al-Mawasif.
  160. Ali Nur Al-Din and Miriam The Girdle-Girl
  161. The Man of Upper Egypt and his Frankish Wife.
  162. Ruined Man of Baghdad and his Slave-Girl
  163. King Jali’ad of Hind and His Wazir Shimas; Followed by the History of King Wird Khan, Son of King Jali’ad, with His Women and Wazirs.
  164. Abu Kir the Dyer and Abu sir the Barber.
  165. Abdullah the Fisherman and Abdullah the Merman.
  166. Harun Al-Rashid and Abu Hasan, the Merchant of Oman.
  167. Ibrahim and Jamilah.
  168. Abu Al-Hasan of Khorasan.
  169. Kamar Al-Zaman and the Jeweller’s Wife.
  170. Abdullah Bin Fazil and his Brothers.
  171. Ma’aruf the Cobbler and his Wife
  172. Conclusion.

Terminal Essay


Appendix I

  1. Index to the Tales in the ten Volumes.
  2. Alphabetical Table of the Notes (Anthropological, etc.) prepared by F. Steingass, Ph.D.
  3. Alphabetical Table of First Lines (metrical portion) in English and Arabic, prepared by Dr. Steingass.
  4. Tables of Contents of the various Arabic texts.

Appendix II

Supplemental Nights
The Book of the Thousand and One Nights

Breslau Text

  1. The Sleeper and the Waker.
    1. Story of the Larrikin and the Cook
  2. The Caliph Omar Bin Abd Al-Aziz and the Poets
  3. Al-Hajjaj and the Three Young Men
  4. Harun Al-Rashid and the Woman of the Barmecides
  5. The Ten Wazirs: Or the History of King Azadbakht and his son.
    1. Of the Uselessness of Endeavour Against Persistent Ill Fortune.
      1. The Story of the Merchant Who Lost his Luck.
    2. Of Looking to the Ends of Affairs.
    3. The Tale of the Merchant and his Sons.
    4. Of the Advantages of Patience.
      1. The Story of Abu Sabir.
    5. Of the Ill Effects of Impatience.
      1. The Story of Prince Bihzad.
    6. Of the Issues of Good and Evil Actions.
      1. The Story of King Dadbin and his Wazirs.
    7. Of Trust in Allah.
      1. The Story of King Bakhtzaman.
    8. Of Clemency.
      1. The Story of King Bihkard.
    9. Of Envy and Malice.
      1. The Story of Aylan Shah and Abu Tammam.
    10. Of Destiny or That Which is Written on the Forehead.
      1. The Story of King Ibrahim and his Son.
    11. Of the Appointed Term, Which, if it be Advanced, may not be Deferred, and if it be Deferred, may not be Advanced.
      1. The Story of King Sulayman Shah and his Niece.
    12. Of the Speedy Relief of Allah.
      1. The Story of the Prisoner and How Allah Gave Him Relief.
  6. Ja’afar Bin Yahya and Abd Al-Malik Bin Salith the Abbaside
  7. Al-Rashid and the Barmecides
  8. Ibn Al-Sammak and Al-Rashid
  9. Al-Maamun and Zubaydah
  10. Al-Nu’uman and the Arab of the Banu Tay
  11. Firuz and his Wife
  12. King Shah Bakht and his Wazir Al-Rahwan.
    1. The Tale of the Man of Khorasan, his Son and his Tutor.
    2. Tale of the Singer and the Druggist.
    3. The Tale of the King who Kenned the Quintessence of Things.
    4. The Tale of the Richard who Married his Beautiful Daughter to the Poor Old Man.
    5. The Tale of the Sage and his Three Sons.
    6. The Tale of the Prince who Fell in Love with the Picture.
    7. The Tale of the Fuller and his Wife and the Trooper.
    8. The Tale of the Merchant, the Crone and the King.
    9. The Tale of the Simpleton Husband.
    10. The Tale of the Unjust King and the Tither.
      1. The Story of David and Solomon.
    11. The Tale of the Robber and the Woman.
    12. The Tale of the Three Men and our Lord Isa.
      1. The Disciple’s Story.
    13. The Tale of the Dethroned Ruler Whose Reign and Wealth Were Restored to Him.
    14. The Tale of the Man whose Caution Slew Him.
    15. The Tale of the Man who was Lavish of his House and his Provision to One Whom He Knew Not.
    16. The Tale of the Melancholist and the Sharper.
    17. The Tale of Khalbas and his Wife and the Learned Man.
    18. The Tale of the Devotee Accused of Lewdness.
    19. The Tale of the Hireling and the Girl.
    20. The Tale of the Weaver who Became a Leach by Order of his Wife.
    21. The Tale of the Two Sharpers who each Cozened his Compeer.
    22. The Tale of the Sharpers with the Shroff and the Ass.
    23. The Tale of the Cheat and the Merchants.
      1. The Story of the Falcon and the Locust.
    24. The Tale of the King and his Chamberlain’s Wife.
      1. The Story of the Crone and the Draper’s Wife.
    25. The Tale of the Ugly Man and his Beautiful Wife.
    26. The Tale of the King who lost Kingdom and Wife and Wealth and Allah restored them to Him.
    27. The Tale of Salim, the Youth of Khorasan, and Salma, his Sister.
    28. The Tale of the King of Hind and his Wazir.
  13. Al-Malik Al-Zahir Rukn Al-Din Bibars Al-Bundukdari and the Sixteen Captains of Police.
    1. The First Constable’s History.
    2. The Second Constable’s History.
    3. The Third Constable’s History.
    4. The Fourth Constable’s History.
    5. The Fifth Constable’s History.
    6. The Sixth Constable’s History.
    7. The Seventh Constable’s History.
    8. The Eighth Constable’s History.
    9. The Ninth Constable’s History.
    10. The Tenth Constable’s History.
    11. The Eleventh Constable’s History.
    12. The Twelfth Constable’s History.
    13. The Thirteenth Constable’s History.
    14. The Fourteenth Constable’s History.
    15. The Fifteenth Constable’s History.
    16. The Sixteenth Constable’s History.
  14. Tale of Harun Al-Rashid and Abdullah Bin Nafi’.
  15. Women’s Wiles.
  16. Nur Al-Din Ali of Damascus and the Damsel Sitt Al-Milah.
  17. Tale of King Ins Bin Kays and his daughter with the son of King Al-‘Abbas.
  18. Tale of the Two Kings and the Wazir’s Daughters.
  19. The Concubine and the Caliph.
  20. The Concubine of Al-Maamun.

Variants and Analogues
of Some of the Tales in Volumes xi. and xii.
By. W. A. Clouston.

Supplemental Nights

Contents of the Third Volume.

  1. The Tale of Zayn Al-Asnam.
  2. Alaeddin; or, the Wonderful Lamp.
  3. Khudadad and his Brothers.
  4. The Caliph’s Night Adventure.
    1. The Story of the Blind Man, Baba Abdullah.
    2. History of Sidi Nu’uman.
    3. History of Khwajah Hasan al-Habbal.
  5. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
  6. Ali Khwajah and the Merchant of Baghdad
  7. Prince Ahmad and the Fairy Peri-Banu.
  8. The Two Sisters who Envied Their Cadette

Variants and Analogues
of the Tales In Volume xiii.
By W. A. Clouston.

Supplemental Nights

Contents of the Fourth Volume

  1. Story of the Sultan of Al-Yaman and his three Sons.
  2. The Story of the Three Sharpers.
    1. The Sultan who Fared Forth in the Habit of a Darwaysh.
    2. The History of Mohammed, Sultan of Cairo.
    3. The Story of the First Lunatic.
    4. Story of the Second Lunatic.
    5. Story of the Sage and the Scholar.
    6. The Night-Adventure of Sultan Mohammed of Cairo.
    7. The Story of the Broke-Back Schoolmaster.
    8. Story of the Split-Mouthed Schoolmaster.
    9. The Story of the Limping Schoolmaster.
    10. Story of the Three Sisters and Their Mother.
  3. The Story of the Kazi who Bare a Babe.
  4. The Tale of the Kazi and the Bhang-Eater.
    1. History of the Bhang-Eater and his Wife.
    2. How Drummer Abu Kasim Became a Kazi.
    3. The Story of the Kazi and his Slipper.
    4. Tale of Mahmud the Persian and the Kurd Sharper.
    5. The Tale of the Sultan and His Sons and the Enchanting Bird.
    6. Story of the King of Al-Yaman and his Three Sons.
    7. History of the First Larrikin.
    8. History of the Second Larrikin.
    9. The Tale of the Third Larrikin.
    10. Story of a Sultan of Al-Hind and his Son Mohammed.
    11. Tale of the Fisherman and his Son
    12. Tale of the Third Larrikin Concerning Himself.
  5. The History of Abu Niyyah and Abu Niyyatayn.

Contents of the Fifth Volume

  1. The History of the King’s Son of Sind and the Lady Fatimah.
  2. History of the Lovers of Syria
  3. History of Al-Hajjaj Bin Yusuf and the Young Sayyid.
  4. Night Adventure of Harun Al-Rashid and the Youth Manjab.
  5. The Loves of Al-Hayfa and Yusuf.
  6. The Three Princes of China.
  7. The Righteous Wazir Wrongfully Gaoled.
  8. The Cairene Youth, the Barber, and the Captain.
  9. The Goodwife of Cairo and Her Four Gallants.
  10. The Tailor and the Lady and the Captain.
  11. The Syrian and the Three Women of Cairo.
  12. The Lady with Two Coyntes.
  13. The Whorish Wife who Vaunted her Virtue.
  14. Cèlebs the Droll and His Wife and Her Four Lovers.
  15. The Gate-Keeper of Cairo and the Cunning she-Thief.
  16. Tale of Mohsin and Musa.
  17. Mohammed the Shalabi and His Mistress and His Wife.
  18. The Fellah and His Wicked Wife.
  19. The Woman who Humoured Her Lover at Her Husband’s Expense.
  20. The Kazi Schooled by His Wife.
  21. The Merchant’s Daughter and the Prince of Al-Irak.
  22. Story of the Youth who Would Futter His Father’s Wives.
  23. Story of the Two Lack-Tacts of Cairo and Damascus.
  24. Tale of Himself Told by the King

Appendix I. Catalogue of Wortley Montague Manuscript Contents.

Appendix II.
By W. F. Kirby.

  1. Notes on the Stories Contained in Volume IV of "SUpplemental Nights".
  2. Notes on the Stories Contained in Volume V of "SUpplemental Nights".

Supplemental Nights

Contents of the Sixth Volume

  1. The Say of Haykar the Sage. 6
  2. The History of Al-Bundukani or, The Caliph Harun Al-Rashid and the Daughter of King Kisra.
  3. The Linguist-Dame, the Duenna and the King’s Son.
  4. The Tale of the Warlock and the Young Cook of Baghdad.
  5. The Pleasant History of the Cock and the Fox.
  6. History of what Befel the Fowl-Let with the Fowler
  7. The Tale of Attaf.
    1. Note on the Tale of Attaf.
  8. History of Prince Habib And what Befel Him with the Lady Durrat Al-Ghawwas.
    1. Note On The History of Habib

Appendix I.

Notes on the Stories Contained in Volume xvi. By W. F. Kirby.

Appendix II.

Index to the Tales and Proper Names in the Supplemental Nights.
Variants and Analogues of Some of the Tales in the Supplemental Nights. By W. A. Clouston.
Additional Notes.

Appendix III.

Additional Notes on the Bibliography of the Thousand and One Nights. By W. F. Kirby.

The Biography of the Book and Its Reviewers Reviewed.
Opinions of the Press.

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