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Volume 46, Number 1 January/February 1995

In This Issue

January/February 1995
The Beekeepers of Wadi Du'an
Written and photographed by Eric Hansen

Using simple hives of terracotta or plywood, nomadic beekeepers in one of Yemen's little-known valleys have learned over centuries the secrets of producing some of the world's most sought-after—and most expensive—honey.

Coming Up for Air in Morocco
Written by Daniel Pawley
Illustrated by Norman MacDonald

George Orwell came to Morocco on doctor's orders, but his six-month stay in Marrakech marked a turning point in his growth from compassionate novelist to one of the 20th century's most powerful political writers.

The Doctor Doesn't Miss a Beat
Written by Arthur Clark

As Dr. Michael DeBakey approaches another breakthrough—the first permanent artificial heart—he discusses the influence of his Lebanese-American family on his remarkable career.

The Gardens of Marie Balian
Written by Jane M. Friedman

In a small studio hidden in Jerusalem's Old City, Marie Balian's tile paintings of trees, flowers and animals keep alive a hundred-year-old family business and breathe new life into an art that dates back more than 4000 years.

The Oil Weapons
Written by Zayn Bilkadi
Illustrated by Bob Lapsley

Early Muslims developed the technology of refining crude oil, readily available from natural sources known from antiquity, into "water-white naphtha," a volatile distillate that physicians used to heal and rulers used to conquer.

Topkapi's Treasures
Written and photographed by Ergun Çağatay

Within the palace at the heart of the Ottoman Empire stood treasuries large and small, filled with the wealth of nations. Today the Topkapı Treasury is arguably the greatest among surviving imperial collections in East or West.