Arabian Nights (proper title, The Book of One Thousand and One Nights) was a collection of short stories compiled from various regions of the Middle East (including Arabia), India and North Africa. A framing story has a condemned woman named Scheherazade telling these tales to a king, Shahryar, pausing before the end with a promise to finish the following day. In this way, Scheherazade is able to put off her execution indefinitely. Amongst the stories included in the collection was Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp. (COE eBook: Signs from Heaven)

When James T. Kirk was a child, his mother read him all of the stories from Arabian Nights. Upon beaming down to the city of Heir'at on Heir'tzan in 2251, Kirk commented that the city was like something out of those stories. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Republic)

While stranded in a cavern on planet Obsidian, Ensign Faisal Prince suggested that his group, including Diver, Rustam Kavousi and Ozmani, take Scheherazade's example and tell stories to keep their spirits up while waiting for rescue. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge)

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