In Arabian Nights by Tahir Shah

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Tahir Shah’s The Caliph’s House, describing his first year in Casablanca, was hailed by critics and compared to such travel classics as A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun. Now Shah takes us deeper into the heart of this exotic and magical land to uncover mysteries that have been hidden from Western eyes for centuries.…

In this entertaining and penetrating book, Tahir sets out on a bold new journey across Morocco that becomes an adventure worthy of the mythical Arabian Nights.

As he wends his way through the labyrinthine medinas of Fez and Marrakesh, traverses the Sahara sands, and tastes the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, Tahir collects a dazzling treasury of traditional stories, gleaned from the heritage of A Thousand and One Nights. The tales, recounted by a vivid cast of characters, reveal fragments of wisdom and an oriental way of thinking that is both enthralling and fresh. A link in the chain of scholars and teachers who have passed these stories down for centuries like a baton in a relay race, Shah reaches layers of culture that most visitors hardly realize exist, and eventually discovers the story living in his own heart.

Along the way he describes the colors, characters, and the passion of Morocco, and comes to understand why it is such an enchanting land. From master masons who labor only at night to Sufi wise men who write for soap operas, and Tuareg guides afflicted by reality TV, In Arabian Nights takes us on an unforgettable journey, shining a light on facets of a society that are normally left in darkness.


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About Tahir Shah

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Tahir Shah was born into an Anglo-Afghan family with roots in the mountain stronghold of the Hindu Kush. His ten books have chronicled a series of fabulous journeys. He lives with his wife and two children in Casablanca.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 26, 2007 by Bantam. 436 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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An Anglo-Afghan world traveler searches his adopted Moroccan homeland for traditional stories to pass on to his children.

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Publishers Weekly

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Shah continues the story he began in his acclaimed memoir The Caliph's House, the tale of his family's move to Morocco, this time focusing on the traditional wisdom stories of Arabia, best known in th

Dec 03 2007 | Read Full Review of In Arabian Nights

Publishers Weekly

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Shah continues the story he began in his acclaimed memoir The Caliph's House, the tale of his family's move to Morocco, this time focusing on the traditional wisdom stories of Arabia, best known in the West through A Thousand and One Nights.

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He continues the tale with In Arabian Nights: A Caravan Of Moroccan Dreams, a rhapsodic series of anecdotes consciously modeled on One Thousand And One Arabian Nights, in that it presents stories nested inside other stories, raising "What happened then?"

Jan 17 2008 | Read Full Review of In Arabian Nights

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Peak District, The AA 40 Pub Walks & Cycle Rides £9.99 10.

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Summary: Now settled in Morocco, Tahir Shah goes back to the stories of his childhood, seeks out the similar tales of his new homeland and searches after the story in his own heart.

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