Medicinal flowers shape stories in 1001 Nights
What is it about?
A story cycle in the famous 1001 Nights opens with a shopping trip in a Baghdad market. This article argues that the flowers purchased by a character in the market are not just decoration, but change the way we read the story and its outcome. By referencing these flowers' significance in the medical literature of the time, we can understand them as embodiments of women's knowledge.
Why is it important?
The 1001 Nights tends to be read within a conventional feminist framework, and within the context of popular Arabic literature. By reading across genres and using materia medica and pharmacological manuals from the time to reread these tales, we can revisit what the stories say about patriarchy while situating the Nights in their broader cultural context.
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