A journey through The Arabian Nights, also known as The Thousand and One Nights.
Robert Irwin explores the genius of Scheherazade, the woman who escaped death by turning survival into an art form.
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Robert Irwin discovers how the first translation of the stories triggered the West's craze for the Orient, and why the most famous translator of the tales is buried in a tent.
Robert Irwin goes on a magical tour of The Arabian Nights, discovering real spells and modern stories of enchantment along the way, as he encounters genies, amulets, sorceresses, talismen and flying carpets.
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Robert Irwin finds out whether the stories can tell us anything about the medieval Arabic world they came from, and discovers a long-lost manuscript of the original stories.