Ali baba son of the kalif of bagdad is brought up by the 40 thieves after his father is killed by the soldiers of hugalu khan who received the necessary information by traitor cassim ali becomes the leader of the thieves and they are fighting for the freedom of his land. The forty thieves retold by andrew lang in a town in persia there dwelt two brothers one named cassim the other ali baba cassim was married to a rich wife and lived in plenty while ali baba had to maintain his wife and children by cutting wood in a neighboring forest and selling it in the town. Ali baba and the forty thieves by arabian nights though this version of the story is titled the history of ali baba and of the forty robbers killed by one slave we chose to use the shorter and more familiar title ali baba and the forty thievesthe story has been told in many versions with slight variations in title and detail. The story of ali baba and the forty thieves is part of the famous arabian nights collection also known as the thousand and one nights according to modern historians the city of baghdad reached its zenith under the caliph harun ar rashid whose reign was the setting for the arabian nights fables
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