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28th Jan '17 4:12:42 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* Klatch on the Literature/{{Discworld}} is Arabian Nights Days in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', the first book Klatchians play a major part in, but by the time ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' rolls around it's more of a late-19th/early-20th-century LawrenceOfArabia style Middle East, with a few ''Literature/ArabianNights'' elements left in.

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* Klatch on the Literature/{{Discworld}} is Arabian Nights Days in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', the first book Klatchians play a major part in, but by the time ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' rolls around it's more of a late-19th/early-20th-century LawrenceOfArabia ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' style Middle East, with a few ''Literature/ArabianNights'' elements left in.
27th Jan '17 2:32:11 PM tracer
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* ''The WesternAnimation/ArabianKnights'': One of the cartoon segments on WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits show.
27th Jan '17 2:27:49 PM tracer
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A popular trope for this setting is GenieInABottle, traditionally a LiteralGenie. {{Flying Carpet}}s are popular too. The look and feel of a BazaarOfTheBizarre often draws heavily on this period as well. Expect at least one reference to the "sands of time."

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A popular trope for this setting is GenieInABottle, traditionally a LiteralGenie. {{Flying Carpet}}s are popular too.too, as are rubies and sapphires bigger than your fist. The look and feel of a BazaarOfTheBizarre often draws heavily on this period as well. Expect at least one reference to the "sands of time."
27th Jan '17 2:25:03 PM tracer
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Arabia: land of Ali-Baba, genies, [[BellyDancer belly dancers]] sheiks, Sultans, [[EvilChancellor evil Grand Viziers]] ([[TheGoodChancellor as well as some good ones]]), [[LovableRogue dashing thieves]] and [[RoyalHarem harem girls]]. When Western Europe was having its [[DarkAgeEurope Dark Age]], the Islamic world was having its Golden Age, both preserving and enhancing the knowledge of civilization.

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Arabia: land of Ali-Baba, genies, [[BellyDancer belly dancers]] dancers]], sheiks, Sultans, [[EvilChancellor evil Grand Viziers]] ([[TheGoodChancellor as well as some good ones]]), [[LovableRogue dashing thieves]] and [[RoyalHarem harem girls]]. When Western Europe was having its [[DarkAgeEurope Dark Age]], the Islamic world was having its Golden Age, both preserving and enhancing the knowledge of civilization.
15th Dec '16 10:55:17 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Creator/AndreiBelyanin's ''The Thief of Baghdad'' novel has a modern-day Russian man end up in this trope thanks to a genie and OmarKhayyam. Suffering from magic-related [[LaserGuidedAmnesia amnesia]], the protagonist learns the trade of thievery from Omar and embarks on the task of ending the rule of the evil Emir of Baghdad. On the way, he encounters Nasreddin, the Emir's guards, the Emir's entire harem (who are quite happy to see him), and... [[IfJesusThenAliens aliens]] (because, why not?). The framing device is the protagonist telling this story to the author of the book, making his safe return a foregone conclusion. The sequel, ''The Shamer of Shaitan'' has the protagonist being sent back to Arabia (with his memories intact, this time) to take on [[TheDevil Shaitan]] himself. The third novel ''Return the Thief!'' has ancient Arabia once again in need of the Thief, as it is on the brink of war. This time, the story is told [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis to the author]] not by the titular character but by Nasreddin, who somehow ends up in modern times and seems to adjust pretty well.

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* Creator/AndreiBelyanin's ''The Thief of Baghdad'' novel has a modern-day Russian man end up in this trope thanks to a genie and OmarKhayyam.Creator/OmarKhayyam. Suffering from magic-related [[LaserGuidedAmnesia amnesia]], the protagonist learns the trade of thievery from Omar and embarks on the task of ending the rule of the evil Emir of Baghdad. On the way, he encounters Nasreddin, the Emir's guards, the Emir's entire harem (who are quite happy to see him), and... [[IfJesusThenAliens aliens]] (because, why not?). The framing device is the protagonist telling this story to the author of the book, making his safe return a foregone conclusion. The sequel, ''The Shamer of Shaitan'' has the protagonist being sent back to Arabia (with his memories intact, this time) to take on [[TheDevil Shaitan]] himself. The third novel ''Return the Thief!'' has ancient Arabia once again in need of the Thief, as it is on the brink of war. This time, the story is told [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis to the author]] not by the titular character but by Nasreddin, who somehow ends up in modern times and seems to adjust pretty well.
2nd Dec '16 6:37:04 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Arabia: land of Ali-Baba, genies, sheiks, Sultans, [[EvilChancellor evil Grand Viziers]] ([[TheGoodChancellor as well as some good ones]]), [[LovableRogue dashing thieves]] and [[RoyalHarem harem girls]]. When Western Europe was having its [[DarkAgeEurope Dark Age]], the Islamic world was having its Golden Age, both preserving and enhancing the knowledge of civilization.

Here, Baghdad is still a wondrous, glittering city full of magic and mystery, instead of [[{{Qurac}} a grungy, sprawling Third World metropolis]] [[UsefulNotes/GulfWar with soldiers in Humvees]] [[WarOnTerror battling guys in dynamite vests through the cobblestone streets]]. It's the Baghdad of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harun_al-Rashid Harun al-Rashid]] and his artistic and scientific legacy.

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Arabia: land of Ali-Baba, genies, [[BellyDancer belly dancers]] sheiks, Sultans, [[EvilChancellor evil Grand Viziers]] ([[TheGoodChancellor as well as some good ones]]), [[LovableRogue dashing thieves]] and [[RoyalHarem harem girls]]. When Western Europe was having its [[DarkAgeEurope Dark Age]], the Islamic world was having its Golden Age, both preserving and enhancing the knowledge of civilization.

Here, Baghdad UsefulNotes/{{Baghdad}} is still a wondrous, glittering city full of magic and mystery, instead of [[{{Qurac}} a grungy, sprawling Third World metropolis]] [[UsefulNotes/GulfWar with soldiers in Humvees]] [[WarOnTerror battling guys in dynamite vests through the cobblestone streets]]. It's the Baghdad of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harun_al-Rashid Harun al-Rashid]] and his artistic and scientific legacy.
26th Nov '16 2:00:57 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Arabia: land of Ali-Baba, genies, sheiks, Sultans, [[EvilChancellor evil Grand Viziers]] ([[TheGoodChancellor as well as some good ones]]), [[LoveableRogue dashing thieves]] and [[RoyalHarem harem girls]]. When Western Europe was having its [[DarkAgeEurope Dark Age]], the Islamic world was having its Golden Age, both preserving and enhancing the knowledge of civilization.

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Arabia: land of Ali-Baba, genies, sheiks, Sultans, [[EvilChancellor evil Grand Viziers]] ([[TheGoodChancellor as well as some good ones]]), [[LoveableRogue [[LovableRogue dashing thieves]] and [[RoyalHarem harem girls]]. When Western Europe was having its [[DarkAgeEurope Dark Age]], the Islamic world was having its Golden Age, both preserving and enhancing the knowledge of civilization.
26th Nov '16 2:00:32 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Arabia: land of Ali-Baba, genies, sheiks, Sultans, [[EvilChancellor evil Grand Viziers]] ([[TheGoodChancellor as well as some good ones]]), dashing thieves and [[RoyalHarem harem girls]]. When Western Europe was having its [[DarkAgeEurope Dark Age]], the Islamic world was having its Golden Age, both preserving and enhancing the knowledge of civilization.

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Arabia: land of Ali-Baba, genies, sheiks, Sultans, [[EvilChancellor evil Grand Viziers]] ([[TheGoodChancellor as well as some good ones]]), [[LoveableRogue dashing thieves thieves]] and [[RoyalHarem harem girls]]. When Western Europe was having its [[DarkAgeEurope Dark Age]], the Islamic world was having its Golden Age, both preserving and enhancing the knowledge of civilization.
29th Oct '16 1:31:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''GuildWars'' Nightfall's Vabbi.

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* ''GuildWars'' ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' Nightfall's Vabbi.
28th Oct '16 1:31:20 AM CaptEquinox
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** Plus the fact that "orientalism" often misinterprets what's actually in ''Arabian Nights'' to begin with, especially the meaning of "fatalism", and the pervasive idea of sinister, effeminate guys (think Joel Cairo in ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'') and silent, puppetlike women. Of course, modern scholars point out that [[http://www.salon.com/2006/12/06/orientalism/ Said didn't have the whole picture, either]].


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* And George Meredith's ''The Shaving of Shagpat'', an entirely original story that could fit right into the original ''Arabian Nights'', is fantastic and funny.
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