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Zumurrud by Glee-chan Zumurrud by Glee-chan
A character in A Thousand and One Nights, Zumurrud was a beautiful slave girl who refused to be bought by just any scuzzy cockwaffle.  As several perverts fought over who should buy her, Zumurrud spotted an unassuming, down on his luck man in the crowd.  Seeing the kindness inside of him, she decided that Ali Shar would be her new master.  With some cleverness, Zumurrud slipped him a purse filled with coins, which was enough to purchase her.  

Grateful, Ali Shar didn't treat her as a slave, but as an equal.  For her part, Zumurrud wanted to bring her new master out of his funk.  She sewed beautiful elaborate curtains for him to sell in the market place.  Her skill brought Ali Shar great fortune and many were envious.

But all was not well.  One of the pervert would-be buyers, Barsum, was still infatuated with Zumurrud, and in the guise of purchasing a curtain, he invited himself over to Ali Shar's house for dinner.  During the meal he drugged the pair, then kidnapped Zumurrud in the dead of the night, planning to do unspeakable things to her.

Working out how to escape the harem she was placed in, Zumurrud is once again kidnapped, this time by a random Kurd.  He took her to a cave, but she beat the shit out of the asshole, stoled his clothes, and enters the nearby city dressed as a man.

Now in this strange city there was a festival going on as the Sultan had passed away.  Since he had no children it was agreed upon that whoever entered the gate next would be the new ruler.  Zumurrud was that person.  Now a Sultana, Zumurrud had the power and means to make things right.  She captured her would-be rapers and executed them brutally.  

When Ali Shar shows up in town (as he had been looking for her), she tested his love for her while in disguise.  Pleased with his answers, Zumurrud revealed herself to him and they had a happy reunion.  Shortly after, they got married.


Budar and Hayat al-Nufus by Glee-chan
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ArcanePhotographer Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
Nice design work here :)
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demecowen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
Lovely!
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zmorphcom Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's beautiful! :D
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DelDiz Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
I've never heard of this Arabian Night, but I have to say, it's amazing, just like this design ^^
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Glee-chan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well there are 1001 tales! (not counting the different translations and versions)  Hell, I don't even know most of them!
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Chronorin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cool story... great picture.

How come modern Islam doesn't have kick-ass heroines?
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Glee-chan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This I can't really answer other than stating the obvious, in that Islam tends to be a male driven religion in the general sense.  This isn't really true for ALL Islam, because like Christianity there are many branches that break off to form their own versions.  It's generally believed that the tales were gathered from stories during the Golden Age of Islam, which was when it was allowed science, astrology, historical preservation, mathematics (and the like) to flourish.  They gathered many stories from the Middle East, Egypt, Persia, even India to form the many tells.  In short, it wasn't just written by one guy, these were oral stories, some of them, or else ancient written down stories that were gathered together to form one book.  However, once the more traditionalist sects took over Islam (militarily), all of that stopped.  A Thousand and One Nights is male centered in a lot of their tales, but they have strong women characters too.  Scheherazade, the storyteller main character, is a woman. Women often save the heroes or are the hero themselves, and Zumurrud isn't even the only female Sultan.  There's even female magical creatures and genies.  I believe that woman might be shown in a better light is because the tales themselves are from different regions.  Perhaps those in Persia enjoyed female characters more than those in Mesopotamia...who's to know.  

...And I wrote a novel.  Sorry!  
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Chronorin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
No, no, that's pretty awesome.  It all reminds me of a pic i once saw online -- it showed all these different pics of gorgeous middle eastern women dressed in varied, striking outfits... and each one replaced by a black burkha.

Anything that makes women cover up like that is pure evil if you ask me. 
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dangerfan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Fantastic!
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pewternatural Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man her hips don't lie (man that was corny). The only A Thousand and One Nights story I'm that familiar with is Alibaba and the 40 Theives. I know Aladdin, but I also know the Disney version is very different from the original. Did the stories have a lot of women who took hold of their own fate or was Zumurrud an oddity?
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Glee-chan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like the nature of tales themselves, women's roles depend on the story.  The tales were gathered together from multiple authors from multiple locations.  So stories could have come from Persia, Mesopotamia, Arabic, Jewish, Egyptian, and even Indian folklore.  Naturally because of the vast cultures and beliefs of those people, their views on woman change.  The tales were collected during the Golden Age of Islam, which was when they were into science, math, and preserving history.  Kinda fits in with how the tales came about.  So there are stories where women are right along side the male hero in the action, women who are the main character, women who are genie or other magical creatures, and even women villains.  BUT, on the flipside, women could be sex objects, slaves, wives, mothers, who don't do anything in the story at all.  

Aladdin, for instance has two big female parts: Princess 
Badroulbadour and Aladdin's Mother.  Badroulbadour really add's nothing to the plot other than a goal for Aladdin to obtain/rescue, while his Mother is a strong moral compass (even if she's kind of an idiot).  So you have the extremes of both in one story.  

Meanwhile Ali Baba is a moron who can't figure out shit.  His wife is constantly coming up with clever plans to keep them sorted, but the epitome of Ali Baba's dumbness comes when he almost allows the leader of the forty thieves to kill him.  It takes his slave-girl, Morgiana, to see plot and save his dumbass.  She even is the one who KILLS the main villain.  So, yeah.  Even in the most known tales, women do have a strong role in some of them
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pewternatural Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's pretty interesting, the version of Ali Baba I saw was a bit smarter and not as much of a dumb ass. I do wonder how the stories are viewed in modern Islamic countries though. 
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Glee-chan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Depends on the country and if they are Sunni or Shiite.  Obviously the more conservative/strict segments aren't really thrilled with entertainment that isn't approved, but that being said Allah is featured predominately throughout the tales, as well as other Islamic things.  In the Quran, some of the fantastic creatures mentioned in the tales are there (Djinns, for example).  So while I can't say for certain, I'd think the Tales (as long as it's an Arabic translation) is accepted.  
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You probably know more stories from Arabian Nights than you think...
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pewternatural Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That might be true, it could be like the Brother's Grimm stories were there are so many modern stories that a derivatives of the stories, that I might have read and seen stories that are from the Arabian Nights without knowing it. 
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. Like I'm sure you've heard the story about the king who gaslit a poor guy into thinking he was the king then because the poor guy was actually a good king the king's lackies killed off the real king and just kept the poor guy as king. That's a classic.
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pewternatural Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually in the second part of Don Quixote, there is a part were Sancho Panza is tricked into thinking he is the king of an island and while he doesn't get to keep being king, it is said that the laws he passed were good enough that they were kept. I might need to add Arabian Nights to my book list.  
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I don't doubt Cervantes read the tale. He was very well read.
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pewternatural Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He probably also had interactions with the Moorish population of Southern Spain, the chronicler of Don Quixote is suppose to be Muslim. I will have to read Arabian Nights, I'll have to see if BN has any of the nice hardcover editions on sale.
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Those are always nice. My copy is one of those BN paperback ones.
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Wargyrl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I like that story. You should turn it into a graphic novel and sell it to Image Comics. Seriously!
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Claire-Petal-Splash Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. I love arabian nights. You did a great job with her. She looks great.
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Victor2K Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Wow
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kaaslave Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Pretty badass for a harem slave. :)
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Passin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Nicely done
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Leavhon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Cool, I thought that now young people no longer read the Arabian Nights stories ... the original ones, not the sugarcoated ones.
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
          [Happy] Mochi Tokyo MiniPixel 
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shadowbloodline Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
cute
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh neat
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IxisNyx Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
A lovely story. :)
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SirAshtonOfAquitiane Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Student Writer
she looks super cute!
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