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Volume 23, Number 1 January/February 1972

In This Issue

January/February 1972
Building On Tradition—3
Written by Friedrich Ragette
Photographed by Burnett H. Moody

Perhaps the most extensive blending of modern with traditional in Arab-world architecture has taken place in several of the small but booming states of the Gulf.

Road Show
Written by Brainerd S. Bates
Photographed by Khalil Abou El Nasr

Aramco's Mobile Oil Exhibit toured some 50 towns and villages during the past ten years, carrying the story of Saudi Arabia's most important natural resource to the remotest inhabited areas of the kingdom. But now the "big top" has been struck for the last time.

Sayhat: The Town That Become A Family
Written by Mary Norton
Photographed by Ali A. Khalifa

A small oasis town in eastern Saudi Arabia has undergone a most unusual transformation—thanks to the inspiration of a most unusual man.

The Slender Reeds
Written by Thor Heyerdahl

"... I felt as if Neptune himself had taken hold of the oar blade out there in the blackness of the sea. Vast forces wrenched the oar from me and the whole vessel heeled, while white furies thundered out of the darkness and buried everything under my legs. The bridge vibrated and the crack of breaking wood was loud in my ears..."

Stone of Egypt
Written by John Luter
Illustrated by Penny Williams-Yaqub

Charles Pomeroy Stone is a strangely neglected figure in Civil War history for a man who not only helped save Washington, but was also an Egyptian pasha.