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Volume 21, Number 6 November/December 1970

In This Issue

November/December 1970
Ali's Navy
Written by James Horgen
Illustrated by Penny Williams-Yaqub

At last, in 1811, they were ready: 60 ships, hundreds of guns, thousands of sailors in new orange turbans, ready for the Sultan's "holy mission"—and Muhammad Ali's private plans.

The First Book
Written by Philip K. Hitti
Illustrated by Penny Williams-Yaqub

"If Christianity's focus centered on a personality, Islam's was on a book ... In Christianity the word of God becomes Christ; in Islam it becomes the Koran."

The Pigeons of Anjar
Photographed by Robert Azzi

In Anjar pigeons circle above the graceful ruins of a caliph's summer palace as though their wings still waited to bear his royal words.

Stamp Out Deficits!
Written by Robert Obojski

When the shaikhdoms of the former Pirate Coast started dealing in old masters, most stamp collectors will agree, the bounty was too beautiful to bury.

The Twice-Used Water
Written and photographed by Tor Eigeland

Into the oasis they thundered—trucks, bulldozers, cranes—shattering the drowsy rhythms of village life to save the ancient gardens ... and double the farmers' land.

A Zoo Story
Written by John Brinton
Photographed by Tor Eigeland

"As my daughter guided me through the turnstile and down some steps into the gardens I'd visited so many times, I remembered the stories the old major had told me about the founding of this splendid zoo."