"shall I tell you a story to while away the waking hours before dawn"
The 1001 Nights fantasized Arab life. Originally told by storytellers in Iran, Saudi Arabia and India starting around 600 AD, the first English Language edition of Arabian Nights was published in 1706. These were a treasure trove of stories about sexual desire, power, race and social status.
In 1001 Nights, black people are, almost without exception, portrayed using negative stereotypes. An exception to this is The Man of al-Yaman and His Six Slave-girls, in which slave-girls of different complexions unabashedly praise themselves. For example:
"Dost thou not see that musk, indeed, is worth its weight in gold, Whilst for a dirhem and no more a load of lime is sold?"
This series combines landscapes of the deserts of the Emirates with bodyscapes of an African model. It is an ode to a world of dreams, fantasy, exoticism and the collision of neighboring continents and cultures.
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