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Orientalism lense... Asenath - from Edmund Dulac's Picture Book for the Red Cross The Oral Tradition of the Arabian Nights The Arabian Nights, the stories we know as the Thousand and One Nights are very old, having existed in their present form as early as the 13th century and many of them were told, by some accounts, as early as the 9th century.
Scheherazade from A Thousand and One Nights. She enchanted a demented Shah from murdering countless women by reading stories to him for a thousand one nights. Each story had a moral to it so at the end of a thousand and one nights, the shah regains his sanity. A true heroine!!