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Kalila wa Dimna: Fables from the Arab World

Program #CULT069. Recorded in Boulder, CO on March 23, 1983.

Kalila wa Dimna of the Arab World is one of our great literary treasures. It has been translated into some 50 languages. The collection of fables express humankind’s frailties and strengths. By employing a variety of animals such as the lion and the ox and the mouse and the cat, the stories explore the consequences of jealousy and pride, truth and deceit and friendship and enmity that constitute the essence of human behavior regardless of time and place.. There is strong evidence that Kalila wa Dimna were derived from a much earlier Indian version
in Sanskrit called Panchatantra.

With the participation of Leila Mansoor Martin. Produced and hosted by David Barsamian as part of his Ganges to the Nile series on KGNU.

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