#1 Jasmine, Aladdin — c. 300s Arabian Peninsula
• “Salaam,” an Arabic greeting, is used several times.
• The opening song, “Arabian Nights,” is pretty clear about where this story takes place.
• When Genie makes over Aladdin into Prince Ali, he says, “First, that fez and vest combo is much too third century,” making it seem like Aladdin must take place in at least the fourth century A.D.
Islam became a religion during the seventh century A.D., so Aladdin takes place in a pre-Islamic Arabian society. Women of the region dressed modestly even before Islam took hold; probably wearing loose, shapeless clothing. Many women (higher-class women like Jasmine especially) wore veils of varying lengths. Some women wore veils that left only one eye exposed, while others wore veils just over the hair. A woman of Jasmine’s elite social status would’ve worn more elaborate, high-quality clothing and fabrics than lower-class women. Thick black eye kohl was commonly worn by women of the era.
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