An ancient sex manual and work of erotic literature, written in late 15th century A.D. Translated by Sir Richard Burton, it is a monument to his Arabic learning and his encyclopedic knowledge of Eastern life.
According to the introduction of Colville's English translation, Muammad al-Nafzawi probably wrote The Perfumed Garden sometime during the twelfth century. Sheikh Nefzawi was born among the Berber Nefzawa tribe in the south of present-day Tunisia. He compiled it at the request of the Hafsid ruler of Tunis, Ab Fris Abd al-Azz al-Mutawakkil.