Who Wrote “The Arabian Nights”?

Lafayette College/CC-BY-2.0

“OneThousand and One Nights,” also called “The Arabian Nights,” is a compilation of folk tales of Middle Eastern and Indian decent whose original authors are unknown. There are numerous versions of “The Arabian Nights,” with some of the most popular translations completed by Sir Richard Francis Burton, Joseph-Charles Mardus and Edward Lane. Many scholars believe that the original tales date back as far as the ninth century.

“The Arabian Nights” is a collection of fairy tales, romances, legends, fables and adventures set in Central Asia. The tales include popular stories, such as “Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp,” “The Seven Voyages Sinbad the Sailor” and “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.”