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Dhah I generally found this book entertaining and interesting, parts were sexually explicit in gross ways and parts were fearful in describing the author’s time in an Afghan torture chamber.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Also by Tahir Shah. Sifting through the layers o Tahir Shah has much to teach us. But never forget that your baskets are made of something that is there for anyone to cut and use. The best escorted tours. Highly recommended for anyone traveling to Morocco. He had never seen a chessboard or pieces before and certainly had no idea of how to play chess.

In the book dreams bleed into reality and stories into stories, like in The Arabians Nights or the author’s own collection Scorpion Soup. When he arrived at the capital hsah the country, the Land of Games, a banquet was held in his honor. I could tell there was something tahig about this book, something magical. This makes it sound disjointed, but it reads as smooth niights, and the overall narrative flows well. Lists with This Book.

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He delves into them, retelling many of the sublime teaching narratives amassed by his father in Tales of the Dervishes and other collections. Quotes from In Arabian Nights No trivia or quizzes yet.

When all the guests had eaten their fill, the king stood up and asked the farmer if he would show the treasure. The tale of some of Tahir Shah’s adventures in Morocco, where he makes his home, it seems to show that there is still wonder in the world of the early 21st century.


Similar to “The Caliph’s House”, Shah highly praises the Oriental culture Morocco included on its strong family values, renowned hospitality and a siesta-like lifestyle. I loved the fact that within each of us there is a story.

Trivia About In Arabian Nights The stories he recounted were interesting but I felt he got very repetitive and preachy when talking about how important the stories were. He presses Shah to travel to the Sahara and gather a small sack of rock salt.

Like a baton in a relay race, the stories have been passed down through centuries, ready to act like an instruction manual to the world. I realize I’m in the minority but I just didn’t care for this book that much. I’m also planning on reading just about everything Tahir Shah has written.


You feel half proud of them and half ashamed and you hold them to your heart. While the cover nigbts alluring, “the story” if there is one fails to climb upto the surface and end the restless albeit exhausted reader’s quest arabiwn it. A link in the chain of scholars and teachers who have passed these stories down for centuries like a baton in a relay race, Shah reaches layers of culture that most visitors hardly realize exist, and eventually discovers the story living in his own heart.

This book is both memoir and story – it’s a mixture of tales, events, meaningful and not. Symbolism is not dead in the West. He understood that the ancient stories acted like an instruction manual to the world, that they contained wisdom, and that one day he in turn would pass them on aarabian his own children.

Now Shah takes us deeper into the real Casablanca to uncover mysteries hidden for centuries from Western eyes. In this entertaining and penetrating book, Tahir sets out on a bold new journey across Morocco that becomes an adventure worthy of the mythical Arabian Nights.

I talked to some Berbers about Joha and even came up with my own Joha story. Inspired by Your Browsing History. I really like the blurb which I think comes from the hardcover edition, as it is not the one on my paperback wrabianI think it really describes the book well – Steeped in history, Morocco is a kingdom of rich textures, aromatic spices and magical beliefs – a vibrant bridge between the Orient njghts the Occident.


Along the way he describes the colors, characters, and the passion of Morocco, and comes to understand why it is such an enchanting land. Dec noghts, Pages. I would have noticed it regardless but once he started his numerous references to “henpecked husbands” I got particularly annoyed. Please try again later. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to shh. Moroccofolklorestorytelling.

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Jul 11, Starry rated it really liked it Shelves: I know how arbaian make baskets from something so simple because my father taught me, and his father taught him. One linking effortlessly into the next, the stories form a cornucopia of lore and values, the kind that has for centuries shaped the cultural landscape of the East. Morocco is an Arab land steeped in history, a kingdom of rich textures, aromatic spices, and magical belief, set on a canvas of vibrant cultural color.

Shah, whose background combines East and West Morocco is farther west geographically than Germany or Norway, but it’s definitely in the Eastseems perfectly comfortable in this culture. The author’s writing style, wit, and comedic overtones make the trip an easy one.

Jul 18, Anne Goranson rated it it was amazing. The author has a great method of telling his story while incorporating fairy tales: Shah is an individual who is restless, who is c This is the only book I have ever finished and immediately wanted to re-read.

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