12 July 2006

A new tale added to the Book of 1001 Nights...

The minimum you'd expect from a new tale added to the Book of 1001 Nights... is the absence of plot holes!

The official account of 9/11 in Al-anarkia is a new tale added to The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.

Notable stories in the book include Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves of Baghdad, and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.

“In 1888, Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov completed his Op. 35 Scheherazade, in four movements, based on four of the tales from the Arabian Nights; The Sea and Sinbad's Ship, The Kalendar Prince, The Young Prince and The Young Princess, and Festival At Baghdad.”

“Legend has it that anyone who reads [or hears] the whole collection will become mad.” Legend also has it that a Genie appears from nowhere and reads the book to important people like the US presidents when they are under the effects of cocaine, or heavily intoxicated.

“The story concerns an impoverished young man named Aladdin living in China, who is recruited by a sorcerer to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a booby-trapped magic cave. After the sorcerer attempts to double-cross him, Aladdin keeps the lamp for himself, and discovers that it summons a surly djinn [jinn, jinni or Genie: “The word ‘jinni’ literally means anything which has the connotation of concealment, invisibility, seclusion and remoteness.”] that is bound to do the bidding of the person holding the lamp. With the aid of the djinn, Aladdin becomes rich and powerful and marries princess Badroulbadour.”

“The original full text includes a grossly Anti-Jewish episode, usually omitted in the bowdlerized versions, in which the naïve Aladdin is cheated and exploited by a treacherous Jewish merchant, and is saved by the Jew's honest and upright Muslim competitor. The late Dr. Yoel Yosef Rivlin who translated the book into Hebrew admitted that although he had a feeling of distaste and felt apprehension that his full translation might ruin an otherwise delightful tale for Israeli readers, he still felt duty-bound to provide Hebrew readers with a full and unexpurgated translation.”

However, the tales of Aladdin have always been of special interest to the Israelis because the book is packed with adventure and incredible stories, special effects and magic powers, conjuring and sorcery: the flying carpet, Aladdin's Lamp, and Osama the surly Genie... In fact, the latest episode called “The 9/11 Flying Carpets and the Magic Jet Fuel from Aladdin’s Lamp” was written and performed in WTC in NY by its architects, the Israeli Mosad. Part II – More about the effects of Magic Jet Fuel from Aladdin’s Lamp...

[Quotes from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aladdin
and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_One_Thousand_and_One_Nights]

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