Last updated: 6 may, 2010 - 15:46 GMT

Egyptian lawyers call for Arabian Nights ban

An Egyptian employee puts copies of One Thousand and One Nights on a shelf at a bookstore in Cairo, 5 May 2010

Egypt's writers' union has said it will fight the group in the courts

A group of lawyers in Egypt has called for the book known in English as Arabian Nights to be banned, describing the tales as obscene and a call to "vice and sin".

Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves are familiar characters whose epic adventures are recounted in the centuries-old literary classic, known in the original Arabic as One Thousand And One Nights.

Hugely influential, this collection of folk tales and short stories was first published in medieval times.

The best selling Egyptian author, Alla Al Aswany, gives his reaction.

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First broadcast 6 May 2010

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