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Khaled, A Tale of Arabia

F. Marion Crawford

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .s head rested upon her bosom, and she began to sing to him in a low voice.

For a long time Khaled kept his eyes shut, listening to her voice. Then, on a sudden, he looked up, and without speaking so much as a word, he clasped her in his arms and kissed her.

Before it was day there was a great tumult in the streets of Riad, of which the noise came up even to the chamber where Khaled and Zehowah were sleeping. Zehowah awoke and listened, wondering what had happened and trying to understand the cries of the distant multitude. Then she laid her hand upon Khaled's forehead and waked him.

'What is it?' he asked.

'It is war,' she answered. 'The enemy have surprised the city in the night of the feast. Arise and take arms and go out to the people.'

Khaled sprang up and in a moment he was clothed[53] and had girt on his sword. Then he took Zehowah in his arms.

'While I live, you are safe,' he said.

'Am I afraid? . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Set in the world of the Arabian Nights, this is the story of a hard-working djinn named Khaled. He is so conscientious that, while watching the parade of princes and sultans seeking the hand of the lovely Princess Zehowah, he takes an Indian prince, who was about to win Zehowah’s hand in marriage...more

Prose and poetry define this gently revealing, powerfully beautiful book. I'd never read anything by F. Marion Crawford previously, but that's my new mission: to find more of his work.

It's so sweet and philosophical and heartwarming all at the same time. What a jewel!

I like Crawford’s weird ghost stories better, but Khaled was definitely worth a read. In the Oriental fantasy tradition, Khaled is a jinn who must win a human woman’s love to earn a soul. Lighthearted and enjoyable.

This was one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read. Khaled is a genie who is also an adherent to the Muslim faith who strives always to live by Allah’s dictates. He steps astray, however, when he intervenes in human affairs and kills a non-Muslim prince from India who has lied about...more

Recommended by a new friend, I took up this author's work for the first time and was just bowled over. Probably one of the easiest genre-settings to do poorly would be an Arabian Nights kind of tale. But Mr. Crawford displays an ironclad grip of the descriptions, the dialogue, plus a detailed kno...more

Khaled, the most respectful genie. One of the underrated fable that should known. I read this book from StandardEbook edition.

Considering the extent of the 19th century obsession with The Mysterious East and the enormous vogue for orientalist art it’s perhaps surprising that there weren’t more novels using Arabian Nights-style settings. There was of course William Beckford’s Vathek, and there was also F. Marion Crawford’s Khal...more

What a sweet little oddity.

This is the story of Khaled the believing genius, which he caused to be written down in letters of gold by the most accomplished scribe in Nejed, that all men might remember it.

Khaled is a charming fairytale penned by one of the most popular American Romantic writers of the 19th century. His na...more