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Khalid Odeh  AAPTIS 488 Kalila wa Dimna   Kalila wa Dimna  is a very interesting and thought provoking piece of literature.  The story combines many tales, that each teaches a lesson about moral values, they are  similar to the better known Aesop’s fables.  All of the stories are wonderfully clever and  deliver their message quite clearly. They seem to emphasize heavily on honor, respect,  and to honesty.  Another fact to note is that political undertones are quite prevalent in the  tales.  Although the stories are from an Indian origin, Ibn al-Muqaffa’s translation can  easily be applied to the Arab society of the time.  The first setting deals with two men who follow different paths in life; one seeks  earthly pleasures, while the other keeps his devotion to god.  As in  Midaq  Alley by  Nagiub Mahfouz, the man whose only goal in life is to seek instant satisfaction and not  trust in their faith always falters according to the teachings of  Kalila wa Dimna Whenever there is a conflict between two friends who have gone separate ways the story  of the  Lion and the Ox  is used as an example. The story begins with a wealthy merchant  trying to teach his sons, who do not have employment, life lessons. He states that the 
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