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Shahryār
1717 Tales 30

Real Name

Shahryār

First Appearance

Unknown

Original Publisher

Arabic Folklore

Created by

Unknown

Origin

Shahryār is the fictional Persian Sassanid King of kings who is told stories by his wife, Scheherazade.

He ruled over a Persian Empire extended to India, over all the adjacent islands and a great way beyond the Ganges as far as China, while Shahryār’s younger brother, Shāhzamā, ruled over Samarkand.

In the frame-story, Shahryār is betrayed by his first wife, which makes him believe that all women will, in the end, betray him. So every night for three years, he takes a wife and has her executed the next morning, until he marries Scheherazade, his vizier’s beautiful and clever daughter. For 1001 nights in a row, Scheherazade tells Shahryār a story, each time stopping at dawn with a cliffhanger, thus forcing him to keep her alive for another day so that she can complete the tale the next night.

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