Time to tell you all about the One Thousands and One Nights, a collection of stories from medieval Islam. The star of the story is an intellectual woman named Scheherazade:
'Scheherazade had read the books, annals, and legends of preceding Kings, and the stories, examples, and instances of bygone men and things; indeed it was said that she had collected a thousand books of histories relating to antique races and departed rulers. She had read the works of the poets and knew them by heart; she had studied philosophy and the sciences, arts, and accomplishments; and she was pleasant and polite, wise and witty, well read and well bred.'
Also, be aware that many stories from the Arabian Nights are politically incorrect and sometimes downright immoral. These weren't fairytales for children. I do like to present these stories historically accurate, so we can judge their worth fairly, both the good and the bad.
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