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Volume 29, Number 5 September/October 1978

In This Issue

September/October 1978
A Hidden Beauty
Written by Ilene Beatty McNulty
Photographed by John Feeney

Hidden in the ancient monuments of Egypt, often unnoticed, are the muted colors of the stone itself - the creams and buffs of limestone, the striking reds of granite and the warm tan of sandstone.

The Iceman Cameth
Written by Paul Lunde
Illustrated by Brian Smith

In the days before refrigeration and air-conditioning, the Arabs from Damascus to Cairo enjoyed cool drinks, iced melons and a new delight: shurbat, the first ice cream.

The Man Who Met Tamerlane
Written by Frances Carney Gies
Illustrated by Michael Turner

In 1401, one of the world's great historians was on hand as one of the world's oldest cities prepared to surrender to one of the world's most formidable conquerors.

The Monkey at Marrakesh
Written and photographed by Christine Osborne

In the pulsating suqs , or bazaars, of important cities throughout the Middle East, history and commerce come together.

A Mosque for Rome
Written and photographed by Gian Luigi Scarfiotti

In Rome, a capital of Christendom, the world of Islam will soon build the Eternal City's first mosque, and to a skyline of spires and crosses add a Muslim minaret.

Whither the Weather
Written by William J. Griswold
Illustrated by Michael Grimsdale

Over the centuries, climate in the Middle East - and especially unexpected changes in climate - has had an important, if often unrecognized, impact on the region's military and economic history.