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Volume 28, Number 4 July/August 1977

In This Issue

July/August 1977
Al-Idrisi and Roger’s Book
Written by Frances Carney Gies

In the 12th century a Christian king and a Muslim scholar collaborated on a project never before undertaken a 16-year study of the entire known.

Brooding Gothic
Written by John M. Munro

Art collectors are avidly seeking the shadowy, dramatic engravings of William Henry Bartlett, who recorded the Middle East as it was a century ago.

Calligraphy—The Art of Islam:  In the Name of God
Written by Caroline Stone

Graceful variations on the word Bismillah, and other invocations of the name of God, make up many of the most beautiful examples of Arabic calligraphy.

Jazz Caravan
Written by Morroe Berger
Illustrated by Don Thompson

Last year, as part of the U.S. State Department’s commemoration of America’s Bicentennial, Benny Carter and his Jazz Quintet played in 14 cities in seven Middle Eastern countries.

Topkapi’s Turkish Timepieces
Written by Paul Horton

Among the palace’s collection of clocks, officials discovered lavishly embellished timepieces from the 16th century inscribed with their makers’ names in Ottoman script.

A Touch of Tunis
Illustrated by Penny Williams-Yaqub

For nearly 1000 years the old city of Tunis the "Medina" was a Muslim center of commerce and craftsmanship, learning and beauty. It is still busy Williams and flourishing today.