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Volume 41, Number 6 November/December 1990

In This Issue

November/December 1990
Djenné: Living Tradition
Written by Pierre Maas
Photographed by Brynn Bruijn

Djenné's long history, and its rich and changing cultural heritage, have shaped both its townscape and its magnificent mud architecture. As change continues today, the community adapts - and may survive.

Kuwait's Heritage House
Written and photographed by Rami G. Khouri

One of the finest collections of Islamic art in modern times was on display at the Kuwait National Museum August 2. Now 114 of its best pieces are touring the United States - and curators fear they may be all that are left.

The Pesantren at Surialaya
Written and photographed by Karen Petersen

It is a school, a spiritual center, or even a way of life? In a lovely and fertile valley in west central Java, a revered teacher trains a third generation of young Indonesians in the path of piety, contemplation and citizenship.

Prisse: A Portrait
Written by Mary Norton
Photographed by John Feeney

This paradoxical perfectionist spent his life studying, recording and presenting to his European compatriots the glories of Egypt's ancient and Arab civilizations. Erudite and abrasive, he left works of elegant exactitude.

Stepping Out
Written by Brian Clark

"I thought they were beautiful and extraordinary." Dennis Nahat recalls the cousins who inspired him to dance, and the home full of music where he performed. Today, thousands watch his work and applaud.

Tending Their Roots
Written by Piney Kesting

Archeologists, museum directors, architects, wildlife biologists and preservationists gathered at a unique Saudi-American conference to discuss their divergent experiences. Synergy was the result.