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Scheherzade

Edited by Angelica~Scheherazade, sometimes spelled Scheherazadea, Shahrazad, or Shahrzād, was a Persian queen and the narrator of all but the main story in The Arabian Nights, also called One Thousand and One Nights. The popular legend centers on King Shahryar, a sultan who was disillusioned by the sexual infidelity of women because his first wife had been unfaithful to him. He vowed that every night he would wed a different virgin only to have her beheaded the next morning.

 

After only a few years, all of the marriageable women in his kingdom either had moved far away from the region or had been killed under his orders. No suitable women were left to marry Shahryar except for Scherazade and Dinarzade, the daughters of the kingdom’s vizier, which is a high official in Muslim government.

 

Scheherazade, the older daughter, is a very well-educated young lady, having studied the legends, books, histories, and stories about preceding Kings and humankind in general. She had learned all about poetry, philosophy, arts, and the sciences. Not only was she well read, but also was well bred, polite, and pleasant to all she encountered.

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Taken on January 2, 2010