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International Workshop: New Perspectives on the "Orphan Stories" in the One Thousand and One Nights

International Workshop, Zürich, 28. - 29. Februar 2020


Prof. Dr. Christina Vogel (Romanisches Seminar, UZH)

Dr. Johannes Thomann (Asien-Orient-Institut, Islamwissenschaft, UZH)


The so-called "orphan stories" are a group of tales in Galland's Mille et une Nuits that were orally communicated to Antoine Galland by Hanna Diyab from Aleppo on the occasion of his visit to Paris in 1709. They were published in volumes nine to twelve of Galland's Mille et une Nuits in 1712-1717. Some of these became the most famous stories of the One Thousand and One Nights, such as Aladdin and Ali Baba. Their origins; their narrator, Hanna Diyab; their transformation by the editor, Galland; and their reception in the 20th century are all research topics that have received much attention in recent years. In the present international workshop, some of the most distinguished specialists will present their newest results and address current research questions, some of which have hitherto been subjects to much controversy.


28. Februar 2020, 9 - 17:30 Uhr; Universität Zürich, Asien-Orient-Institut, Raum RAA E29, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich

29. Februar 2020, 9 - 11:30 Uhr; Universität Zürich, Asien-Orient-Institut, Raum RAA E08, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich

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Öffentliche Vorträge

27. Februar 2020, 18:15 Uhr: Inventing Aladdin: Arabian Nights, Antoine Galland, and a Boy from Aleppo (Prof. Dr. Ruth Bottigheimer; Prof. emer. Stony Brook University, New York)

28. Februar 2020, 18:15 Uhr: The Mystification of The Thousand and One Nights: Origins and Elaborations (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Marzolph; formerly Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)


Romanisches Seminar

Asien-Orient-Institut - Islamwissenschaft

Weiterführende Informationen


International Workshop: One Thousand and One Nights