What you choose to see

What you choose to see

This story from the Holy Land of Christians, Moslems and Jews is – interestingly – about what Muslims consider to be the prophet Jesus or “Isa”. It’s a tale about seeing the positive as well as the negative. Perhaps it’s also about seeing what you want to see.

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What Butter Buys

What Butter Buys

Have you ever fantasised about winning the lottery? What would you do with your winnings? And what would you neglect whilst doing so? Episode 13 of 30 Tales from Islamic Sources.

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The Charms of a Clever Wife

The Charms of a Clever Wife

This is a tale about a clever wife, a woman who managed to cleverly keep her man happy and faithful, even when faced by fierce competition from a beautiful woman… Being clever can be rather charming, it seems! Episode 12 of 30 Tales from Islamic Sources.

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Repentance too late

Repentance too late

This is a curious Syrian tale about a king and Avicenna, and a problem with mice…

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This is my adaptation of a Syrian tale found in the English translation of Sheykh-Zada’s “The History of Forty Vezirs”. Avicenna was a Persian polymath who is regarded as one of the most significant physicians, astronomers, thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age. He has been described as the father of early modern medicine.

See: “The history of the forty vezirs” / or, The story of the forty morns and eves by Shaikh Sardār, Munshī; Gibb, Elias John Wilkinson, 1857-1901