The Arabian Nights Encyclopedia, Volume 1, pp — One such cycle of Arabic tales centres around a small group of historical figures from 9th-century Baghdad, including the caliph Harun al-Rashid diedhis vizier Jafar al-Barmaki d.
Came by a Christian merchant at dawn of day, and running against the hunchback tumbled him over; then thinking himself attacked he struck the body, and at that moment the watch came by and haled the merchant before the sultan. Each evening she tells a story, leaving it incomplete and promising to finish it the following night.
However, all that he commanded Ahmed performed by help of the genie, even things the most impossible. However, she stops the story in the middle, so that he will be excited to hear the rest the following night.
And Aladdin caused a great pavilion to rise near the sultan's palace, and this was one of the wonders of the world, and there he abode in honour and fame. Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp There was in the old time a bad and idle boy who lived with his mother, a poor widow, and gave her much unrest.
When the dawn was come, the bird flew into the heavens, unaware of the weight at its foot, and Sindbad was borne across great seas and far countries.
Shah Zaman saw his wife expressing her love to one of her slaves. But it came to pass that she died, and when they buried her they took Sindbad and shut him in the Place of the Dead with her, giving him a little food and water till he should die.
Then, loathing all womankind, he marries and kills a new wife each day until no more candidates can be found.
As it seemed impossible to decide which of these rare things was the rarest, the sultan commanded that each prince should shoot an arrow, and he whose arrow flew farthest should become the husband of Nouronnihar.
However just before leaving for Baghdad, Shah Zaman chanced to witness the unfaithfulness of his wife.