The Arabian Nights

Though The Arabian Nights are generally known as stories for children, they were originally tales for adults full of adventure, sexuality, violence and the supernatural. They...

Pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca—Excerpts

In the 19th century, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Oxford-educated spy and adventurer became the first Englishman to enter the Muslim city of Mecca. Disguised as a dervish, Burton...