Lawyers in Egypt call for Arabian Nights to be banned

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A group of Islamist lawyers in Egypt has called for the book Arabian Nights to be banned because they believe it is obscene.

The literary classic, which features characters such as Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, was described by the group as a call to "vice and sin".

Known in the original Arabic as One Thousand And One Nights, the collection of folk tales and short stories was first published in medieval times.

But a recent republication triggered controversy and calls to ban the new version on the basis of depiction of sexuality and use of offensive language, according to Al Arabiya....

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