Trivia Crack Answer: Scheherazade
The name of the princess that told many stories to sultan Schahriar was Scheherazade. Scheherazade and Schahriar are two main characters in the larger story “One Thousand and One Nights,” the classic Middle Eastern story in which Scheherazade, a clever and well-read princess, is taken as a wife by sultan Schahriar, who marries a new virgin each day and beheads the previous wife to make sure that they are never unfaithful to him. Scheherazade counters this by fascinating the sultan Schahriar with stories, which compels him to keep her alive in order to hear more. Eventually, Scheherazade tells the sultan one thousand and one stories over the course of one thousand nights, until the sultan decides to keep her alive and take her as a his wife. Some of the stories associated with “One Thousand and One Nights” include Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Aladdin, but these stories in particular were probably not in the original texts, which were derived from Indian sources, then adapted by Arabian storytellers, then finally translated by Antoine Galland for European audiences. Antoine Galland edited many of the stories told by the princess Scheherazade to the sultan Schahriar, removing much of the sexuality and other “inappropriate” themes. Galland’s “One Thousand and One Nights” would become the definitive version of the story for Western audiences for centuries to come.