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Who is Scheherazade from One thousand and one Arabian Nights Tale?

Who is Scheherazade from One thousand and one Arabian Nights Tale? 2

Who is Scheherazade ?

Scheherazade (/hrzd, -d/) is a major female character and the storyteller in the frame narrative of the One Thousand and One Nights collection of tales from the Middle East. Scheherazade, the narrator of the ancient classic One Thousand and One Nights, began as just another of the king’s virgins, one of whom he married one day and executed the next.

She saved herself by telling him the first half of a story every night, convincing him to let her see each new dawn so he could hear the other half. The king had fallen in love with her and stopped his cruelty by the time she had told all thousand and one tales.



According to modern scholarship, the name Scheherazade is a variant of the Middle Persian name ehrzd, which combines the words ehr (‘lineage’) and zd (‘noble, exalted’). Shirazad (, rzd) in Masudi and Shahrazad in Ibn al-Nadim are the earliest forms of Scheherazade’s name in Arabic sources.

The name is spelled ahrazd in the Encyclopaedia of Islam and ahrzd in the Encyclopaedia Iranica.


In standard nineteenth-century printed editions, the name appears as (ahrazd) in Macnaghten’s Calcutta edition (1839-1842)] and in the 1862 Bulaq edition, and as (hrazd) in the Breslau edition (1825–1843).

Muhsin Mahdi’s critical edition includes (ahrzd).


The spelling appearedin English-language texts for the first time in 1801, borrowed from German usage.

OccupationPersian Queen consort
FamilyThe chief vizier (father)
Dunyazad (sister)
Children3 sons
Other namesShahrazad, Shahrzad

Scheherazade and the One Thousand and One Nights Arabian Tale

According to legend, after discovering that his first wife had been unfaithful to him, the monarch Shahryar resolved to marry a new virgin every day and have her beheaded the next morning before she could dishonour him. When the vizier couldn’t find any more virgins of noble blood, Scheherazade agreed to marry the king against her father’s wishes.

Once in the king’s chambers, she asked if she might bid one last farewell to her beloved younger 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, and Scheherazade came to a halt in the middle.


The king asked her to finish, but she refused because dawn was approaching. So the king spared her life for one day in order for her to finish the story the next night. The next night, she finished the story and then began a second, more exciting story, which she stopped halfway through again at dawn. The king spared her life yet again so that she could finish the second story.

As he eagerly awaited the conclusion of the previous night’s story, the king kept Scheherazade alive day by day. She finally told the king that she had no more stories to tell him after 1,001 nights and 1,000 stories. However, during the previous 1,001 nights, the king had fallen in love with Scheherazade. He spared her life and elevated her to the status of queen.

Characters wo have portrayed Scheherazade

Mili Avital, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Claude Jade, Anna Karina, Mara Montez, Cyrine Abdelnour, Sulaf Fawakherji, and Annette Haven are among the cast members.


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