Scheherazade, the storyteller from One Thousand and One Nights tells her stories (Aladdin, Sinbad, …) to the monarch so that he would stop marrying and killing a new virgin every day after his first wife betrayed him. He had already killed 1001 women when they met.


For other uses, see Scheherazade (disambiguation).

Scheherazade (/ʃəˌhɛrəˈzɑːd, -də/) is a major female character and the storyteller in the frame narrative of the Middle Eastern collection of tales known as the One Thousand and One Nights.


Scheherazade’s Tales or one thousand and one nights, Mährchen der Shehesarade oder Tausend und Eins Nacht, by Karl Pfaff, 1838 CE, with six copperplate prints by Johann Voltz, Stuttgart

According to modern scholarship, the name “Scheherazade” derives from an Arabic form of the Middle Persian name Čehrāzād, which is composed of the words čehr (lineage) and āzād (noble, exalted). The earliest forms of Scheherazade’s name in Arabic sources include Shirazad (شيرازاد, Šīrāzād) in Masudi, … Continue Reading (3 minute read)

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  1. DonVulilo

    I know the Wiki says the king had killed 1001 times, but my memory from reading this was that the 1001 was the number of nights Scheherazade told him stories and was able to escape death by leaving him on a cliffhanger every night. Not the number of dead virgins. Am I wrong? Might have to re-read.

    Edit: A few people have noted that it was 3 years of beheaded virgins (1001 nights) \*and\* 1001 nights of Scheherazade’s tales. So, it’s both!

  2. hatredlord

    Not Aladdin. A translator added it to the collection, pretty much to see if anyone would notice. (They didn’t)

  3. Kinda_Trad

    >Against her father’s wishes, Scheherazade volunteered to spend one night with the king. Once in the king’s chambers, Scheherazade asked if she might bid one last farewell to her beloved sister, Dunyazad, who had secretly been prepared to ask Scheherazade to tell a story during the long night. The king lay awake and listened with awe as Scheherazade told her first story. The night passed by and Scheherazade stopped in the middle. The king asked her to finish, but Scheherazade said there was no time, as dawn was breaking. So, the king spared her life for one day to finish the story the next night. The following night, Scheherazade finished the story and then began a second, more exciting tale, which she again stopped halfway through at dawn. Again, the king spared her life for one more day so she could finish the second story.

    >And so the king kept Scheherazade alive day by day, as he eagerly anticipated the finishing of the previous night’s story. At the end of 1,001 nights, and 1,000 stories, Scheherazade told the king that she had no more tales to tell him. During these 1,001 nights, the king had fallen in love with Scheherazade. He spared her life and made her his queen.

    What a courageous and heroic sacrifice, preventing the bloodshed of many innocents by personally exposing yourself to the evil psychopath and switching his mind.

  4. Fake_Math

    And it’s banned in every format.

  5. Steak_M8

    Slightly off topic, but Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazde Suite is one my favorites. Take a listen if you haven’t already.


  6. Gemmabeta

    Well Ali Baba had them forty thieves

    Scheherezad-ie had a thousand tales

    But master you in luck ’cause up your sleeves

    You got a brand of magic never fails

    You got some power in your corner now

    Some heavy ammunition in your camp

    You got some punch, pizzazz, yahoo and how

    See all you gotta do is rub that lamp

  7. misho88

    I highly recommend the Burton translation. There’s slavery, racism, sexism, racist slavery, sexist slavery, animal abuse, spousal abuse, infidelity, murder, torture, cousin incest, etc. And then Scheherazade shows up and there’s… well, just more of the same, really.

  8. Falsus

    Neither of Aladdin or Sinbad was part of the 1001 tales. They where added when they brought to the west. Aladdin was technically not even Arabic but a foreign story set in the Arabic world. Like how Beowulf is an English tale set in Scandinavia.

  9. petulafaerie

    I think Disney incorporated this into one of their Aladdin TV show story lines. Jasmine has to tell this little kid king stories to keep him happy or else the weather turns bad. (This is from a childhood memory, so it’s foggy lol)

  10. azulki

    There’s a comic adaptation of this story being put out on webtoon called the wrath & the dawn, it’s been an interesting read so far!

  11. crujiente69

    Theyre wonderful stories to read. Random barnes and noble buy and not disappointed

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