1001 Arabian Nights: Experience the History, Mystery, and Wonder

Experience the history, mystery and wonder of the classic tales from 1001 Arabian Nights.  Join Assistant Professor of English and Communication, Mike Mennard, at 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in room 121 of the Union College Library for a crash course in Middle Eastern folklore.

Told from the perspective of Queen Scheherazade, 1001 Arabian Nights is a collection of stories from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, India and Arabia dating back to 12th century. Many of us are familiar with some of the stories including Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. “Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to have read 1001 Arabian Nights to appreciate this introduction,” says Mennard.

In January 2013 Union College was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. The Bookshelf is a collection of scholarly and literary books, films, and online resources designed to generate community discussion and understanding of Islamic history, art, literature, religion, contemporary points of view, and the immigrant experience in America.

Sponsored by the Union College Center for Interfaith Studies and Culture, this is the sixth event the Union College Library has hosted featuring the Muslim Journey’s bookshelf. For more information about the Muslim Journeys bookshelf, click here.