The Book of

The Thousand Nights and a Night

A Plain and Literal Translation
of the Arabian Nights Entertainments

Translated and Annotated by
Richard F. Burton


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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.
  3. The Fisherman and the Jinni.
  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

Appendix II

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