Tiny Tales of Nasruddin

Welcome to Tiny Tales of Nasruddin. This is a collection of two hundred stories about Nasruddin, and each story is just 100 words long.

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Attribution: Tiny Tales of Nasruddin by Laura Gibbs.
Version: June 22 2020.

You can access the book in a variety of formats, along with individual stories here at the blog (see story title list and links below).

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A Book of Two Hundred 100-Word Stories


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:


1. Nasruddin Gallops Through the Market
2. Nasruddin Shares the Donkey's Load
3. Nasruddin's Donkey Is Missing
4. Why Nasruddin Rides Backwards
5. Nasruddin, His Son, and the Donkey
6. Borrowing Nasruddin's Donkey
7. Nasruddin's Donkey Crosses the Stream
8. Nasruddin's Saintly Donkey
9. Nasruddin's Flying Donkey
10. Nasruddin Counts the Donkeys
11. Nasruddin Reports a Stolen Donkey
12. The Donkey and the Police-Chief
13. Nasruddin's Bribe
14. The Judge's Brand-New Shoes
15. Nasruddin and the Slap
16. Nasruddin and the Goat
17. Nasruddin and the Sacks of Wheat
18. Nasruddin Visits the Prisoners
19. The Beggar and the Food Vendor
20. Biting Your Own Ear
21. Nasruddin and the Case of the Cow
22. Payment in Kind
23. Nasruddin Takes Sides
24. Good Goose, Bad Goose
25. Nasruddin and the Ocean
26. Nasruddin and the Milkman
27. Nasruddin's Eggplant Necklace
28. Nasruddin Visits a Town for the First Time
29. The Sky in a Distant Land
30. Nasruddin Rescues the Moon
31. The Sun or the Moon?
32. Nasruddin's House Catches Fire
33. The Wisdom of Camels
34. Nasruddin and the Fish
35. How Old Is Nasruddin?
36. Nasruddin and the Stranger
37. Nasruddin in the Rose Garden
38. Nasruddin and the Eagle
39. Different People, Different Paths
40. Nasruddin's Buried Treasure
41. Nasruddin Is Perplexed
42. Nasruddin the Optimist
43. Nasruddin Digs a Hole
44. Nasruddin the Proud Father
45. Nasruddin in the Dark
46. Nasruddin's Sense of Economy
47. What the Quarrel Was About
48. Nasruddin's Lost Key
49. Nasruddin's Toothache
50. Nine Months for a Baby
51. Nasruddin's Wife and the Stew
52. How Old is Nasruddin's Wife?
53. No Room in the Bed
54. Itching and Scratching
55. Is Someone Snoring?
56. Spouses, Past and Present
57. The Sound of a Cloak
58. Nasruddin's Two Wives
59. Who Will Feed the Donkey?
60. The Burglar in the Well
61. The Bread in the Pond
62. Nasruddin Was Robbed
63. Nasruddin in the Cupboard
64. The Burglar in the Dark
65. Bags of Loot
66. The Thief with a Wagon
67. The Thief and Nasruddin's Rooster
68. Nasruddin and the Thief's Shoes
69. Nasruddin and the Apple Tree
70. Nasruddin and the Wind
71. Nasruddin the Nightingale
72. Nasruddin's Ladder
73. Nasruddin and the Tailor
74. Nasruddin and the Porter
75. Nasruddin and the Wealthy Merchant
76. Donkeys and Horses
77. The Cabbage and the Cooking-Pot
78. Jokes in the Coffeehouse
79. A Token of Friendship
80. Getting Fooled by Nasruddin
81. Nasruddin on the Roof
82. An Unexpected Visit from Nasruddin
83. Nasruddin Eating Eggs
84. Nasruddin and the Philosopher's Questions
85. Nasruddin Rewards His Son
86. Nasruddin Gets a Haircut
87. Nasruddin and the Tall Tree
88. Nasruddin's Playful Turban
89. Young Nasruddin and the Tall Tales
90. Naked Nasruddin
91. Nasruddin and the Village Boys
92. Nasruddin and the Grapes
93. Nasruddin and the Sugar
94. Nasruddin and the Hooligan
95. Nasruddin and the Donkey-Boy
96. Frightening Nasruddin
97. Big Pot, Little Pot
98. Nasruddin Goes Upstairs
99. Nasruddin Thinks of Soup
100. Nasruddin's Clothesline
101. Nasruddin Asks the Donkey
102. Nasruddin and the Neighbor's Dog
103. Nasruddin and the Neighbor's Bull
104. Nasruddin and the Sesame Seeds
105. Nasruddin and the Bears
106. Nasruddin the Architect
107. The Light in the Garden
108. The Warmth of a Candle
109. Nasruddin's House with Many Windows
110. Nasruddin and the Wool
111. Nasruddin and the Dentist
112. Nasruddin and the Baker
113. The Angel with the Golden Coins
114. Buying an Elephant
115. Who Wants to Get Rich?
116. A Loan from Nasruddin
117. The Proper Way to Beg
118. The Poor Man in the Coffeehouse
119. Nasruddin Looks for Work
120. Nasruddin's Donkey for Sale
121. Nasruddin at the Bathhouse
122. What a Beggar Needs
123. Honored Guests at the Banquet
124. Nasruddin's Two Hands
125. Why People Yawn
126. The Miser's Soup
127. Nasruddin's Big Pot
128. Nasruddin and the Ducks
129. Nasruddin and the Recipe
130. Nasruddin is Tired
131. Nasruddin's Views on Cheese
132. Nasruddin Eats the Walnuts and the Shells
133. Nasruddin Eats an Apple
134. Where's the Halvah?
135. Nasruddin and the Box
136. Nasruddin and the Baklava
137. Nasruddin's Lunch
138. Nasruddin Divides the Walnuts
139. Walnuts and Watermelons
140. Nasruddin's Debt
141. Nasruddin Gets a Gift from God
142. Nasruddin Needs New Clothes
143. The Donkey on the Ledge
144. The Cow and the Colt
145. Big Mosque, Little Mosque
146. Nasruddin and God's Own Guest
147. The Door to Nasruddin's House
148. Nasruddin and his Dog
149. Nasruddin and the Stray Goat
150. Nasruddin on the Run
151. Nasruddin and the Small Boat
152. Nasruddin and the Ship's Passengers
153. Nasruddin's Hurried Prayers
154. Nasruddin Needs New Shoes
155. Nasruddin's Inshallah
156. Who Gets the Loaf of Bread?
157. Nasruddin Sees as God Sees
158. Nasruddin Commands the Tree
159. Nasruddin by Night
160. Nasruddin's Tears
161. Nasruddin's Lullaby
162. The Turban of a Scholar
163. The Eagle Jaliz
164. What Is Bread?
165. Nasruddin and the Butterfly
166. Nasruddin Plays the Lute
167. Nasruddin's Grammar
168. Nasruddin's Sermon
169. The Center of the Universe
170. The Scholar's Knife
171. Nasruddin Meets the Governor
172. The Governor Rewards Nasruddin
173. The Governor's Survey
174. The Governor's Poetry
175. Guards and Thieves
176. Emperor Tamerlane's Tax Collector
177. Nasruddin and the Roast Pheasant
178. The Emperor and the Eggplants
179. A Gift for the Emperor
180. Tamerlane and Nasruddin's Donkey
181. Nasruddin's Bold Claim
182. Nasruddin the Philosopher
183. Nasruddin's Qualifications
184. Nasruddin the Archer
185. Nasruddin and Tamerlane's Whip
186. Nasruddin and the King's Gallows
187. Nasruddin and the King's Astrologers
188. Nasruddin and the Mayor's Funeral
189. The Wealthy Man's Funeral
190. Watching a Funeral Procession
191. Nasruddin's Funeral Robes
192. Nasruddin's Pet Lamb
193. Nasruddin's Funeral Arrangements
194. What Happens After We Die?
195. Prayers for the Dying
196. Nasruddin's Will
197. Nasruddin's Death
198. Nasruddin in the Cemetery
199. Nasruddin on his Deathbed
200. Nasruddin's Final Prayers


For story-specific bibliography and notes, visit:

Birant, Mehmet Ali. Nasreddin Hodja: The Turk Who Makes the World Laugh.
Borrow, George. The Turkish Jester.
Downing, Charles. Tales of the Hodja.
Farzad, Houman (Diane Wilcox, translator). Classic Tales of Mulla Nasreddin.
Kabacali, Alpay. Nasreddin Hodja.
Mahfuzdur, Her Hakki. 202 Jokes of Nasreddin Hodja.
Muallimoglu, Nejat.  The Wit and Wisdom of Nasraddin Hodja.
Nakosteen, Mehdi. Mulla's Donkey and Other Friends.
Neruda, Nico. The Little Book of Sufi Parables.
Ohebsion, Rodney. 200+ Mullah Nasruddin Stories and Jokes.
Rahman, Jamal. Sacred Laughter of the Sufis.
Sawhney, Clifford. The Funniest Tales of Mullah Nasruddin.
Shah, Idries. The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin.
Shah, Idries. The Pleasantries of the Incredible Mulla Nasrudin.
Shah, Idries. The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin.
Shah, Idries. The World of Nasrudin.
Suresha, Ron. The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin.
Yorenc, Kemal. The Best Anecdotes of Nasreddin Hoca.


132 "Well," said Nasruddin, "I already know [period should be comma]
141 "O God," he cried, "please [missing first comma]
200 "And when will you say the rest?" asked the Angel. [capitalized]


  1. These are fantastic! I liked your book about Aesop's fables even more, and I miss how these don't have those same moral lessons.

    Do you know other books like that? Maybe of fables from other parts of the world?

    1. THANK YOU; I am always glad when people like the stories. For more fables with morals, there is a HUGE anthology that just entered the public domain: The Great Fables of All Nations. You can read it online for free at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/greatfablesofall00komr
      500 pages of fables from all over the world, many of them in the style of Aesop's fables.

    2. Thank you so much! This is great. I opened it to the middle and got Ivan Kriloff. These are fantastic.

      Are there any books like these with scholarly commentary and analysis? That was one of my favourite things about your Aesop's Fables book.

    3. Not really! Aesop's fables have not gotten a lot of attention: classicists avoid them because they are like folklore, and folklorists avoid them because they are like classics, ha ha. But I am working with a grad student right now who someday is going to write an awesome book about Aesop I am sure. I will alert him to our little discussion to inspire him. The world needs such a book. :-)

    4. Ah, good! It wouldn't need to be about Aesop's fables in particular. Your book already does that. It's gotten me curious about fables from elsewhere (like these Kriloff ones!).

      I'm also open to folklore or even fairy tales, especially if there's commentary so that I understand the context and meaning.