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Topic - Salim Al-Hassani
For generations, the lore of "One Thousand and One Nights" helped shape Western notions about Muslim culture. The collection of tales described an exotic world of harems and flying carpets, Sinbad and monsters, Aladdin and the jinn, Ali Baba and the 40 thieves.
"Originally, it was aimed at the Western public," said Salim Al-Hassani, organizer of the Britain-based exhibition and a professor of mechanical engineering at Manchester University. "But we found that when people from the Muslim world, when they see it, they get fired up, especially the young people who are in search of identity."