The True Story of 'Aladdin' Is Based on Mysterious Syrian Man's Life
The story of "Aladdin" has been told many times before. But where did it come from? What's the true story of "Aladdin"? Cultural historian Arafat Razzaque told InsideEdition.com the story was given to a French translator by a little-known Syrian man named Hanna Diyab. Diyab's own "rags to riches life" seems to "mirror the adventures of Aladdin," said Razzaque. Minus the genie and magic lantern, of course.