One Thousand and One Nights is retold as the fables and stories in the Arabian Nights which has a documentary on BBC4. Middle eastern folklore still has powerful undertones of beliefs in modern society. I propose that just as european fables are timeless works of wisdom with as yet unknown truths of reality at their heart, so are the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights. The story of king Shahrayar who believes he has been deceived by a woman in his walled garden must have a basis in real events imo. Compare with "the boy who cried wolf" and "little red riding hood". Should the re-interpretation be "the sheep in wolf's clothing"? Anyone see what I'm getting at?