The rulers of Baghdad in the eight and ninth centuries employed the so called Nudama people – professional cup companions, whose job was to sit with their majesty as they ate and drank, and entertain them with jokes and stories. It is believed that some of the stories in the Arabian Nights are part of the repertoire of these cup companions.
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- Arabian Nights – review (guardian.co.uk)