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Volume 28, Number 5 September/October 1977

In This Issue

September/October 1977
The Bright Thread
Written by Mary Norton
Photographed by Harold Sequeira

Brought by the conquering Arabs in 661, Islam has ever since played an important role in Afghanistan's turbulent history, and is central to Afghan life today.

The Muhtasib
Written by Caroline Stone
Illustrated by Penny Williams-Yaqub

Standard weights, public health and safety, and good order generally were the purview of the Muhtasib and his deputies in the Arab empires.

The Return of Scheherezade
Written by Robert Obojski

Stamp collectors can now look forward to a new specialization: the collection of beautiful Middle Eastern postage stamps on themes from The Arabian Nights .

Suez Reborn
Written by Elias Antar
Photographed by Tor Eigeland

The warfront wastelands along the Suez Canal are being rebuilt, and imaginative planners hope to make the area a bustling new economic center for Egypt.

A Talk with Freya Stark
Written by Betty Patchin Greene
Illustrated by Don Thompson

Fifty years of travel, an elegant style and affectionate, clear-eyed perception have made Dame Freya Stark the doyenne of Middle East travel writers.

Wrestling with a Twist
Written by John Lawton
Photographed by Turk Haberler Ajansi

The Turks have been wrestling at Kirkpinar for over 600 years, but with a unique variation they adopted from the Byzantines: olive oil.