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Volume 39, Number 3 May/June 1988

In This Issue

May/June 1988
Dar al - Islam: The Code and the Calling
Written and photographed by William Tracy

Living their faith in their daily lives, sharing it with neighbors, building a community: Those very American, very Islamic goals brought a group of Muslims to New Mexico.

From Bunga Mas to Minarets
Written by John Andrews
Photographed by Nik Wheeler

Gold and silver flowers were the tribute that Malay Muslim kingdoms once paid to the kings of Siam. Today's Thai Muslims are eager for education and progress - but not at the price of their blossoming Islamic culture.

A Harvest of Legume Research
Written by Lynn Teo Simarski
Photographs courtesy of ICARDA

Who needs a lentil-pulling machine, shorter faba bean plants, or chickpeas that don't mind the cold? Ask the farmers of the Middle East, whose wallets - and stomachs - are filled by these nutritious plants of the pea family.

In Search of Bedouin Weavers
Written and photographed by Joy May Hilden

They are inventive, creative, productive and proud, delighting in color and variety, in their own tradition and its continuity. Their craft is unselfconscious and quick to adapt. They are the busy, anonymous Bedouin weavers.

Ramesside Renaissance Restored
Written by John Lawton
Photographed by Tor Eigeland

Water, salt and eager tourists ravaged the magnificent paintings of Queen Nefertari's tomb. Now a "no-problem" team of skilled experts is restoring the incomparable site.

Well Done, Well Seven
Written by Mary Norton

The oilmen had been searching for almost five years; half a dozen wells had failed. Now Dammam No. Seven was acting up, and the home office was talking about cutting its losses. Then, nine-tenths of a mile down...