Books Inspired by the Arabian Nights

By Mike Smoody

Although the influence of the Arabian Nights can hardly be reduced to eight books, I hope this selection gives an approximate idea of the range of that influence, and will gratify those readers who wish the Nights will never end.

  • Arabian Nights and Days

    1995 by Maḥfūẓ, Najīb

    Naguib Mahfouz refashions the classic tales of Scheherazade into a novel written in his own imaginative, spellbinding style. Here are genies and flying carpets, Aladdin and Sinbad, Ali Baba, and many other familiar stories from the tradition of The One Thousand and One Nights

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  • The Wrath & the Dawn

    2015 by Ahdieh, Renée

    Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. A riveting Arabian Nights love story.

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  • One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling

    2013 by Shaykh, Ḥanān

    Retold in modern English by the acclaimed Lebanese author Hanan al-Shaykh, here are stories of the real and the supernatural, love and marriage, power and punishment, wealth and poverty, and the endless trials and uncertainties of fate. Bringing together 19 classic tales, al-Shaykh weaves an utterly intoxicating collection, rich with humor, violence, and romance.

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  • Alif the Unseen

    2012 by Wilson, G. Willow

    Alif the Unseen is a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, religion, technology, and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.

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  • In the Night Garden

    2006 by Valente, Catherynne M.

    Every once in a great while a book comes along that reminds us of the magic spell stories can cast over us–to dazzle, entertain, and enlighten. Welcome to the Arabian Nights for our time, a lush and fantastical epic guaranteed to spirit you away from the very first page.

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  • Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel

    2015 by Rushdie, Salman

    Inspired by the traditional “wonder tales” of the East, Salman Rushdie’s novel is a masterpiece about the age-old conflicts that remain in today’s world. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is satirical and bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and karma, rapture and redemption.

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  • The One Hundred Nights of Hero: A Graphic Novel

    2016 by Greenberg, Isabel

    In the tradition of the Arabian Nights, this is a beautifully illustrated tapestry of folk tales and myths about the secret legacy of female storytellers in an imagined medieval world.

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  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Reloaded

    2011 by Mukherjee, Poulomi

    This thrilling graphic novel recreates the classic tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from the Arabian Nights in contemporary times.

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