Arabian Nights

taletown.org multimedia English short stories & retold tales on, of or about Arabian Nights

  • IMG_3047Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 01.

    Will Alibaba’s fearful mind risk danger?

    Fear clouds opportunities, time & reflection reveal them.

  • Old Man and the Donkey...Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 02.

    Alibaba stole from thieves. Is stealing from thieves wrong?

    Beliefs are dangerous, yet useful. Why?

  • balanceRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 03.

    Qasim's clever wife stumbles upon Alibaba's secret. This strains their relationship.

    Trust once lost, is not easily regained.

  • Saleh GesemRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 04

    Qasim gets to the treasure, but can he get it out?

    Stressed minds make mistakes. Mistakes can be fatal.

  • Gold Mohur Coin, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, 1889Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 05

    With slave-girl Marjina, Alibaba plans full Islamic burial rites for Qasim, but how to avoid suspicion?

  • Pamela MachadoRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 06

    Marjina convinces the Haqeem that Qasim is very sick & then Mustafa to go blindfolded to sew the corpse.

  • Funeral processionRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 07.

    Alibaba observes Qasim's full mourning rituals. But why wash a dead body if you bury or burn it anyway?

  • Old man [ 22 ] - Elder 3Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 08

    With mutual distrust growing, thieves widen their search and discover Mustafa.

    He tells a noteworthy tale...

  • Reflected gloryRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 09

    The blindfolded Mustafa leads the thief to Alibaba's house.

    The home is marked, but Marjina foils the ID.

  • A farmer's pride

    Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 10

    Another bandit marks Alibaba’s house but Marjina is vigilant.

    Rosh discusses Dozakh, Jannat, Life, death...

  • (animated stereo) Bedouin (?) camp, Sinai (circa 1920)Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 11

    Captain of the thieves identifies Alibaba’s house & returns to hatch a deadly plan.

    Death comes knocking...

  • Aqaba PalaceRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 12

    Discovering thieves hidden in oil barrels frightens Marjina to death.

    Could one literally die from fear?

  • BarrelRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 13

    What could Marjina do to save Alibaba's household?

    Throw boiling water on hidden bandits? Burn barrels?

  • Advanced third degree burnsRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 14

    Hosh explains degrees of burns to prove why pouring boiling water on all robbers together won’t kill them?

  • first night's camp fireRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 15

    Super-heated oil, water or sand were deadly thermal weapons in ancient warfare.

    Could Marjina use these?

  • Datura stramonium, early evening NNI

    Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 16

    Marjina brews a deadly cocktail for her guests using oil & weeds.

    Hosh reveals why she chose to use these...

  • Jolly Roger Pirate Grunge FlagRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba and 40 Thieves 17

    Marjina executes her daring plan.

    Hosh explains how burns can kill or affect health and how to treat them.

  • Steely gazeRetold Arabian Nights tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 18

    Alibaba went to the Hammam completely unaware of the silent executioner working stealthily in his house.

     

  • Sekapan Piit Feet, Sarawak, BorneoRetold Arabian Nights tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 19

    Alibaba gratefully gifts Marjina her freedom, and sets about disposing the 37 corpses quickly & quietly.

     

  • LaredoRetold Arabian Nights tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 21

    Thirst for vengeance rejuvenates the Captain.

    He rides back to the city to discover more about his enemy