Stories of Nasruddin date back to 13th-century Turkey. Legend tells us Nasruddin was born in Sivrihisar in central Anatolia, and a tomb in Akshehir bears his name. Nasruddin’s stories spread throughout the Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia, and UNESCO declared 1996-1997 “The International Year of Nasruddin.” As you read these stories, you will see that Nasruddin is sometimes wise, sometimes foolish, and sometimes both at once. The 200 stories in this book are just a small fraction of the Nasruddin story tradition. To find out more about Nasruddin and to read more Nasruddin stories, visit:

The paragraph you just read about Nasruddin is 100 words long, as is this paragraph, and that’s also the length of each story in this book. The stories go fast, but you can slow down when you find one you like. Read it again. Let it sink in. Maybe even write your own version of the story, using your imagination to add more details. Meanwhile, if you don’t like a story, don’t get bogged down; just move on to the next one. There are more 100-word stories about Nasruddin, along with stories from other cultural traditions, at:


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