Where Did the Term “Open Sesame” Come From? Find Out in #4 of #12in20

I like wit. Maybe that’s why I also like the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves—because Ali Baba must rely on his (and the slave Morgiana’s) intelligence to avoid being discovered by the forty thieves—and I think it makes a wonderful addition to Twelve in ‘20.

Before you listen, here’s a few facts about #4 of #12in20’s Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves post:

  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is included in most (but not all) versions of One Thousand and One Nights.

  • Antun Yusuf Hanna Diyab—a Syrian writer and storyteller—is now known to be the author of Ali Baba.

  • The thieves in the story use the phrase “Open Sesame” to gain entrance to their secret lair.

… And now, here’s #4 of #12in20—Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves! 🙂

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