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Volume 28, Number 2 March/April 1977

In This Issue

March/April 1977
Choreography in Cairo: Classical Ballet comes to Egypt
Written by Barbara Farrar Karkabi
Photographed by John Feeney

In a country more famous for belly dancers than ballet dancers, a company of enthusiastic Egyptians feels the pride of accomplishment after two decades of effort.

Couture Arabesque
Written by Patricia McColl
Photographed by Reginald Gray

When leading Parisian couturiers turn their world-famous talents to adapting classic Mid­dle Eastern shapes to suit their sophisticated clients, the results can be stunning.

An Elephant for Charlemagne
Written by Jon Mandaville
Photographed by Penny Williams-Yaqub

In 801, a procession moved along the main street of a town in Germany as the Abbasid Caliph in far-off Baghdad sent an unusual gift to the King of the Franks.

Khalil's Arabia
Photographed by Khalil Abou El Nasr

For more than 20 years, photographer Khalil Abou el-Nasr recorded the changing face of Saudi Arabia and captured the timeless beauty of its deserts, mountains and coasts.

A Mountian of the Sun
Written and photographed by Stephen Thomas

Hoping to find traces of Oman's traditional way of life, a young photographer hikes to a remote village not yet touched by the rapid change in the bustling coastal towns.

Red Crescent to the Rescue!
Written by John Lawton
Photographed by Turk Haberler Ajansi

Less than three hours after an earthquake hit remote, snowbound villages in eastern Turkey, one of the Muslim world's oldest relief organizations moved into action.