Create a 6 pages page paper that discusses arabic culture in disney’s aladdin. The original story of Aladdin found in “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights” is translated by French Antoine Galland who claimed to have heard it from a Syrian Christian storyteller from Aleppo by the name Youhenna Diab although another name is mentioned as Abu abd-Allah Muhammed el-Gahshigar. The original full text was allegedly very anti-semitic where nave Aladdin was exploited and tricked by a Jewish merchant. An upright Muslim competitor saved Aladdin from the treacherous Jew. Aladdin was able to marry Asian princess Badroulbadour from China with the help of the “djinn”, but later on, the sorcerer tricks Aladdin’s wife and got the lamp and the djinn. In the end, Aladdin was able to recover his wife and the lamp (Wikipedia, 2006).
The Walt Disney animated version of Aladdin is openly revised commercially and for western viewing purposes. It took place in a mystical medieval city called Agrabah based in Baghdad as home of the 1001 Arabian Nights. It opened with the daily lifestyle of poor boy Aladdin who snatches from merchants for a living. He has a pet monkey called Abu who connives with him along the way. The other main characters are Princess Jasmine, whom Aladdin saw one time in the marketplace, her father the Sultan, and the sultan’s vizier Jafar, the sorcerer who wants to become the sultan himself.