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Scheherazade

Summary
Scheherazade (ʃəˌhɛrəˈzɑːd,_-də) is a major female character and the storyteller in the frame narrative of the Middle Eastern collection of tales known as the One Thousand and One Nights. Name According to modern scholarship, the name Scheherazade derives from the Middle Persian name Čehrāzād, which is composed of the words čehr () and āzād (). The earliest forms of Scheherazade's name in Arabic sources include Shirazad (Šīrāzād) in Masudi, and Shahrazad in Ibn al-Nadim. The name appears as Šahrazād in the Encyclopaedia of Islam and as Šahrāzād in the Encyclopædia Iranica. Among standard 19th-century printed editions, the name appears as Šahrazād in Macnaghten's Calcutta edition (1839–1842) and in the 1862 Bulaq edition, and as Šāhrazād in the Breslau edition (1825–1843). Muhsin Mahdi's critical edition has Šahrāzād. The spelling Scheherazade first appeared in English-language texts in 1801, borrowed from German usage.
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