Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

Baghdad is the central City in the Land-of-Fable Araby where Arabian Fantasies are set. Many of these tales mention Baghdad, or use it as a minaret-bestrewn, particoloured backdrop. Relatively few tales – a rare example is Benjamin Disraeli's The Wondrous Tale of Alroy: The Rise of Iskander (1833) – make any serious attempt to envision Baghdad as a physical place. [JC]

see also: The Thief of Bagdad.

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.