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Volume 38, Number 1 January/February 1987

In This Issue

January/February 1987
Arab Artists in Italy
Written by Patricia Baker
Photographed by Cimaglia Pedonesi

In Rome recently, Arab artists exhibited a variety of works demonstrating their growing independence in both definition and content from the influence of modern Western art.

Ebla to Damascus
Written by June Taboroff
Photographs courtesy of SITES

As "Ebla to Damascus" – a new exhibition now touring the United States - shows, Syria, hub of the ancient world, has become one of the modern Middle East's most important areas of archeological discovery.

Egyptian Art on Stamps
Written by Raymond Schuessler

Many of the great treasures of ancient Egypt are commemorated on stamps issued in the Middle East, and archeological excavations on stamps can be almost as exciting as the real thing.

Glaciers in Arabia
Written by Arthur Clark
Illustrated by Michael Grimsdale

On a field trip last year, an Aramco geologist found new evidence that a glacier, millions of years ago, had ground its icy way onto the Arabian Peninsula.

Mosaic Country
Written and photographed by Rami G. Khouri

So rich in mosaic art that it is often called "mosaic country," the Madaba region of Jordan has - because of recent discoveries - become the focal point of mosaic art from the Hellenistic to the Islamic period.

The Swedish Connection
Written by Philip Mansel
Photographs courtesy of National Swedish Art Museums

From the time of lbn Fadlan to the present day, trade and culture have occasionally linked Sweden and the Middle East. One such connection is demonstrated by a series of drawings by Captain Cornelius Loos.