His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah stressed that "One Thousand and One Nights: Final Chapter", to be presented on Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah, will be one of the most fabulous artistic exhibitions at the international level. This Exhibition imitates human history, and is an attempt to send the message of Sharjah for the whole world for the purpose of encouraging reading.
This took place within the speech delivered by His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah, broadcasted through the Direct Line Program at the Radio and Television of Sharjah when talking about the Exhibition of "One Thousand and One Nights". The exhibition is set to be presented on Al Majaz Amphitheatre starting from the coming 23 April within the framework of Sharjah celebrations on selecting it as the World Book Capital.
In this regard, His Highness pointed out that this Exhibition will rely on the Original Story, adding that the Original Version was printed in the German library of Gothenburg. When this original story was translated from Persian to Arabic, the translation process took place in Egypt where His Highness obtained this book when he was 14 years old in 1954. In this vein, His Highness was narrating stories of this book to his colleagues.
His Highness added: "I acquired my book from a library in Bahrain, among them is "One Thousand and One Nights". At the Book Fair, a copy of it was presented by Dar Sader in Lebanon. They further added that it was translated from an original source, and I have the translated version from the Old Persian version into modern one. It is 7 volumes which triggers aesthetical aspects in its stylistic writing. I have read (in the Persian Language) part of "One Thousand and One Nights" which includes old paintings that are not included in the Arabic version. “I think it is of Mongol origin since the Mongols moved from Persia." His Highness added that: The story of "One Thousand and One Nights" is a type of imagination. In Sharjah, we will add to it some imagination as well. The story has undergone some misrepresentation from the original version, as in the version of "Bulaq", including extravagant increase and deviation from the artistic taste. The Madbouli Library attempted to correct such kind of misrepresentation.
His Highness concluded his speech by elaborating on the chapters on which the Exhibition is based, saying: "Shahriar died after he had two sons and a daughter. Their mother said to the eldest in the First Chapter, "I want you to bring me a quill. In the Second Chapter, the mother asks the girl to bring a paper to write on it. The Third Chapter tells us about the child who will bring an ink from a mountain. In the last chapter, Shahrazad asked them to write their life story after they had the quill, paper and ink, and this is Sharjah's message in the call for writing."