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Volume 43, Number 4 July/August 1992

In This Issue

July/August 1992
Albania’s Islamic Rebirth
Written and photographed by Larry Luxner

In Europe’s only country with a Muslim majority, Albanians are learning once again how to profess their faith openly, as they emerge from almost half a century of isolation and state-imposed atheism.

Another Romantic Remembers
Blending Flavors
Written and photographed by Brian Clark

Iraqi-born chef Yahya Salih has created quite a stir in San Francisco: His two restaurants are celebrated for their magical, mouth-watering dishes combining the best of Mesopotamian and Californian cusine.

Deck and the Islamic Style
Written by Frederica Todd Harlow

A single colorful, richly glazed tile in the hands of a gifted Alsatian artist-potter sparked a revival of centuries-old Islamic earthenware techniques and brought about a revolution in European ceramics.

Early Mankind in Arabia
Written by Norman M. Whalen and David W. Pease

Arabia was the door to Asia for the earliest humans migrating out of Africa, say archeologists. Tools from somesites in Saudi Arabia are more than a million years old.

The Journey of a Lifetime
Written by Ni'Mah Isma'il Nawwab
Photographed by Mehmet Biber

The hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah, a central duty of Islam whose origins date back to the Prophet Abraham, brings together Muslims of all races and tongues for one of life’s most moving spiritual experiences.

The Orient of Pierre Loti
Written by Arthur Clark

The French novelist, a romantic who claimed a "half-Arab soul," was enamored of the East. He sought to capture its essence in his exotic lifestyle and in the resplendent décor of the house in Rochefort where he had grown up.