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Volume 64, Number 5September/October 2013

In This Issue

About this series:
This is the fifth of the author’s six collections of eclectic, occasionally irreverent, excerpts from the vast treasure-house of Arabic literature. In each, he samples and comments thematically, seeking that which is insightful, prescient or poignant, as well as the curious, mischievous or wisely satirical. Like the original authors, his goal, and ours, is to entertain, educate and enlighten.

—The Editors

Graham Chandler

Tim Mackintosh-Smith ([email protected]) recently appeared in Newsweek’s list of the top dozen travel writers of the last 100 years. Following his award-winning trilogy of travels in the footsteps of Ibn Battutah, he is working on a history, a thriller set in 14th-century Spain and the translation from Arabic of an early collection of travelers’ accounts from around the Indian Ocean.


Soraya Syed (www.artofthepen.com) is a calligrapher and graphic designer in London.


This article appeared on page 36 of the print edition of Saudi Aramco World.

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