Big Book Read Fall 2013

The Thousand and One Nights

Alf Laylah wa-Laylah 

Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is sponsoring the “Big Book Read” during Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. Bringing undergraduate and graduate students together with faculty, the “Big Book Read” will read the ultimate big book of stories: The Thousand and One Nights (a.k.a The Arabian Nights).  

The stories within Alf Laylah wa-Laylah [“a 1001 nights” in Arabic, but literally meaning “immeasurable”] trace their origins to China, India, Egypt, Persia, and Arabia and, following the Silk Road throughout the 7th through 14th century, made their way West, influencing and inspiring writers, composers, artists, and choreographers, thereby making it an artistic achievement of world literature. Shahrazad’s tales of betrayal, adventure, love, desire, magic, and romance have delighted children as well as adults for centuries. Over the course of the late Fall and Spring semesters, we will make our way through these vivid tales reading 30-40 “nights” during monthly discussion meetings. We will provide PDFs of selected installments, but feel free to acquire your own edition. Our focus is the joy of reading and talking about books, so we encourage all to come and participate. The Big Book Read’s first meeting will be Tuesday, November 19, from 6 – 7:30 p.m, in LAB 364. All students, faculty, instructors, and adjuncts are welcomed.

For further information and a copy of the first reading’s PDF, please contact Dr. Luis Iglesias, faculty advisor to Sigma Tau Delta, directly at