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Aladdin's Magic Lamp

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Aladdin's Magic Lamp

“Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp” is a Middle Eastern folktale that is included in The Arabian Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian comedies, love stories, folk tales, historical tales, and fairytales. The stories contained in the collection were collected over centuries. The earliest tales are thought to have come from India and Persia in the 8th century. Later tales are thought to have originated in Iraq, Syria, and Egypt. The story of Aladdin was added by Antoine Galland to The Arabian Nights collection published in 1710. Galland reportedly heard the story from a Syrian storyteller from Aleppo. The story of Aladdin also appears in two Arabic manuscripts as well. In both versions, Aladdin is said to reside in “one of the cities in China.” Some scholars believe the story may be set in Turkestan. “Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp” has become one of the most popular tales in The Arabian Nights and is the source of numerous theater, book, television, and movie adaptations.