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Volume 42, Number 5 September/October 1991

In This Issue

September/October 1991
Days in the Gardens of Spain
Written by Donald Scurr
Photographed by Tor Eigeland

As Seville's EXPO '92 approaches, scientists resurrect the landscaping skills of Arab-ruled Andalusia of 500 years ago to create a cool, refreshing "microclimate" for the summertime exposition and its millions of visitors.

IC: A Century of Service
Written by Aileen Vincent-Barwood
Illustrated by Norman MacDonald

A unique and influential school with longstanding American and international connections celebrates its first hundred years, reaffirming those basic values that draw all peoples and religions together.

In Tune
Written by Brian Clark
Photographed by Chad Evans Wyatt

The products of Sao Paulo's large Arab community and of Brazil's vibrant and eclectic musical life, the Assads are hailed as "the cream of classical guitar duos!" Each is a master; together, they approach perfection.

Learning the Word of God
Written by Geert Mommersteeg
Photographed by Brynn Bruijn

Letter by letter, then verse by verse, students in "blessed" Djenne learn to read, write and recite the Qur'an. In its dozens of schools and hundreds of students of all ages, the gty's fame as an Islamic center lives on.

Petra: Myth and Reality
Written by Philip C. Hammond
Photographed by Vivian Ronay

From Pharaoh to Indiana Jones, a top anthropologist and excavator tackles the myths and tall tales - and genuine questions - surrounding the breathtaking ruins of Petra, the "rose-red city" of the Nabateans.

Safe Haven for Birds
Written by Downs Matthews
Photographed by Dan Guravich

A major East Texas oil refinery and its employees have taken on the role of "environmental stewards," protecting nearby wetland habitats for egrets, ibises, spoonbills and a variety of Gulf Coast wildlife.