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In order to write "Ali Baba," a tale of thirty-six published pages, Antoine Galland amplified the text he had noted down in his diary, which only comprised six pages. While doing so, Galland also omitted certain details, such as the presence of food in the cave. These details enable us to decide whether the versions of the tale of "Ali Baba" recorded in the Maghreb and other Arab regions depend on Galland's text or whether they are independent. The analysis aims to contribute to a better understanding of the formation of this tale.