TRACES OF THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS IN TAWFËQ AL-ÉAKËM’S WORKS
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This essay explores Tawfáq al-Éakám’s attitude to the collection of the popular stories known as the Thousand and One Nights, which was crucial to his further development as an author and playwright. Since these stories represent the cornerstone of many of his writings, the aim of the essay is to analyse the scope of influence of the Thousand and One Nights on al-Éakám’s work and the way this inspiration is reflected in his most significant pieces of literature, such as ShahrazÞd or Solomon the Wise, as well as in some of his short stories and less known plays, such as HÞrãn ar-Rashád and HÞrãn ar-Rashád. The essay also deals with al-Éakám’s portrayal of ShahrazÞd, whose character recurs in his writings the most; her character is thus the key to understanding many of his works.
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