Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales

Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales

Ignácz Kúnos

This book draws on the rich folklore of Turkey with forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales. Most of these stories are framed by the usual fairy tale apparatus. There are quests to win the hand of a princess, evil step-relations, talking animals, magical objects and transformations, simple (but brave) peasants, wizards and witches, dragons and dungeons, thousand-league journeys, and loveable fools. The majority of these stories contain encounters…

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The Land of Midian (Revisited)

The Land of Midian (Revisited)

Richard Francis Burton

This is Volume II. Chapters include: The Unknown Lands South of the Hisma, Ruins of Shuwak and Shagab; From Shagab to Ziba, Ruins of El-Khandaki and Umm Amil, The Turquise Mine, Return to El-Muwaylah; A Week around and upon the Sharr Mountain, Resume of the March through Eastern or Central Midian; Down South, to El-Wijh, Notes on the Quarantine, the Hutaym Tribe; The Cruise to El-Haura, and more.

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The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia

The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia

Firdausi

The Shahnameh, (“The Book/Epic of Kings”), is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Firdausi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. It is the world’s longest poem written by a single poet. It tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of the Persian Empire from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century.

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Origins of the Druze People and Religion

Origins of the Druze People and Religion

Philip K. Hitti

From the Foreword: ‘FOR some nine hundred years, a strange national-religious body has lived in Syria. The Druzes have been the wonder of scholars, and the political opponents of those to whom the country in which they lived belonged. All sorts of theories have been advanced by scholars to account for their peculiar tenets and customs…

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Travels in Arabia Deserta

Travels in Arabia Deserta

Charles M. Doughty

This is Volume 2 of the authors travels in Arabia. Chapters include: Ibn Rashids Town; Life In Hayil; Depart From Hayil; Journey To Kheybar; Kheybar “The Apostle’s Country”; The Kheyabara; The Medina Life At Kheybar; Galla-Land. Medina Lore; Deliverance From Kheybar; Desert Journey To Hayil. The Nasrany Is Driven From Thence; The Shammar And Haeb Deserts In Nejd; Journey To El-Kasim I Boreyda; and more.

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The Mythology of all Races, Indian and Iranian

The Mythology of all Races, Indian and Iranian

Louis Herbert Gray

This is Volume 6 of the Mythology of all Races series of books. Chapters include: The Rgveda — Gods of Sky and Air; The Rgveda — Gods of Earth, Demons, and Dead; The Mythology of the Brahmanas; The Great Gods of the Epic; Minor Epic Deities and the Dead; The Mythology of the Puranas; Buddhist Mythology in India and Tibet; The Mythology of the Jains; The Mythology of Modern Hinduism; Wars of Gods and Demons; Myths of Creation; The…

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Famous Men of the Middle Ages

Famous Men of the Middle Ages

John Henry Haaren

This book contains short biographies of famous men from the middle ages such as: Alaric The Visigoth; Attila The Hun; Justinian The Great; Mohammed; Charlemagne; William The Conqueror; Canute The Great; Robert Bruce; Marco Polo, and many more. Aimed at older children, but still holds many interesting facts that will entertain adult readers too.

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Folklore and Legends, Oriental

Folklore and Legends, Oriental

Charles John Tibbitts

This is an anthology of tales from several widely separated Asian story-telling traditions, with the center of gravity somewhere in Persia. The book is meant to be enjoyed as light reading, and the stories are unattributed and uncredited. The tales originate from Arabian, Persian, Indian, and Kalmyk sources, and have Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist and Zoroastrian elements.

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The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi

The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi

Richard Francis Burton

This was written by Sir Richard Burton under the pseudonym of Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî after his return from Mecca in 1854. It contains references to 19th Century scientific and philosophical concepts. Nonetheless, it is a Sufi text to the core, and one of the few instances of Burton writing in the first person about his belief system, even if it is under the cloak of a different name. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a Kasidah…

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Patriarchal Palestine

Patriarchal Palestine

A. H. Sayce

From the Preface: ‘A few years ago the subject-matter of the present volume might have been condensed into a few pages. Beyond what we would gather from the Old Testament, we knew but little about the history and geography of Canaan before the age of its conquest by the Israelites. Thanks, however, to the discovery and decipherment of the ancient monuments of Babylonia and Assyria, of Egypt and of Palestine, all this…

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