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Volume 24, Number 6 November/December 1973

In This Issue

November/December 1973
Across The Rub 'Al-Khali
Written by Elizabeth Monroe
Photographed by Harry St. John Bridger Philby

For 20 years St. John Philby had dreamed of crossing the unknown Empty Quarter. Finally, in1931. King Ibn Sa'ud spoke the longed-for words. He could set out.

From Khans To Khiltons
Written by Joseph Fitchett
Photographed by S. M. Amin

New hotels are springing up almost as fast as oil derricks these days, as businessmen and tourists jet into the lands where many say hospitality was first invented.

From Pirate Coast To Trucial
Written by John Brinton

"Praise be to God, who hath ordained peace to be a blessing to His creatures," began the 1820 treaty between Britain and some Arab tribal chiefs.

Give To The Waqf Of Your Choice
Written by Jon Mandaville
Illustrated by Ed Davis

The waqf, or charitable endowment, is one of the oldest legal traditions in Islam. The settler may be anyone, the trustee is God, and the beneficiary is mankind.

One Man's Gallery
Photographed by Peter Keen
Photographs courtesy of Sarah Searight

Artists of the 18th and 19th centuries were fascinated by the Middle East's colorful peoples, its ruins and holy places. A London art collector shares that fascination.

Oscar For An Oilfield
Written by Brainerd S. Bates
Photographed by S. M. Amin

Ghawar, in eastern Saudi Arabia, is the largest known oil field in Aramco's concession area. It also happens to be the largest—and the most productive—in the world.