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Volume 43, Number 1 January/February 1992

In This Issue

January/February 1992
Columbus: What if?
Written by Aileen Vincent-Barwood
Photographed by Tor Eigeland

Columbus's historic voyage emerged from a navigational and map-making legacy that owed much to Arab explorers and scholars. Had he paid greater heed to these sources, his mistakes would have been fewer.

Finding the Evidence
Written and photographed by Lynne Limpus Jobe

In the Bronze Age, tin was as important a commodity as oil is today. Archeologist Aslihan Yener was convinced she would find ancient tin mines in Turkey that an army of skeptics claimed never existed.

The Islamic Games
Written by John Lawton
Photographed by Turk Haberler Ajansi

To bring Muslim nations together through sports, foreign ministers of 42 Muslim states organized the Islamic Games—which opened last fall in Izmir, and in 1983 may be held in Saudi Arabia.

A Mosque in Islamabad
Written by Len McGrane
Photographed by S. M. Amin

The new Faysal Mosque is both an engineering marvel and a work of art. Combining elegance, strength and serenity, this colossal structure attracts worshipers from across Pakistan and around the world.

Through North African Eyes
Written by Lynn Teo Simarski

New-wave filmmakers in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco are challenging America's Hollywood-dominated film industry, creating original movies with universal themes that appeal to global audiences.

The World of Mohamed Zakariya
Written by Piney Kesting
Photographed by Robert Azzi

A self-described jack-of-all-trades, this celebrated American Muslim calligrapher and instrument-maker has mastered an array of medieval skills and breathed new life into arts and technologies of old.