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Issues with The Arabian Nights?

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Submitted by Terry Quist (United States), May 23, 2013 at 16:26

As a matter of curiosity, do you have issue with The Arabian Nights, edited by the late Muhsin Mahdi?

I understand that it isn't germane to the contemporary crisis of Islamic civilization, but Mahdi was one of my professors, and I have always deeply respected him as a scholar of medieval political philosophy.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

No issue at all; see http://www.danielpipes.org/929/the-thousand-and-one-nights for my positive review of his book. And I too took (well, audited) his class.

My issue is with NEH selecting this book as one of 25 by which to understand Islam and Muslims.

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