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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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...