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Volume 47, Number 2 March/April 1996

In This Issue

March/April 1996
Cairo: Inside the Megacity
Written and photographed by Dick Doughty

Firmly based on its 1000-year history, Cairo is a modern city, with all the promise and the problems that implies. No other Arab city is so alive, its partisans say, and no other has dealt as bravely and inventively with such great and sudden growth.

Written by George Baramki Azar

The American cardiac surgeon said to have "the fastest hands in the West" comes in fact from the East, and has developed transfusion-free techniques that are increasingly in demand. Now he teaches physicians abroad the beauty of his methods.

Mansions on the Water: The Yalis of Istanbul
Written and photographed by Chris Hellier

To own a house on the Bosporus shore, away from the heat and bustle of Istanbul, was fashionable in 17th- and 18th-century Ottoman society, and a few of those lovely buildings still exist. They can tell us much about the culture that treasured them.

Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Written by Michael Sterner
Illustrated by Michael Grimsdale

Military power, diplomacy, generosity and siegecraft were among the ingredients that made Saladin's career possible. He unified Muslim west Asia, fought the Crusaders to a standstill and won a throne for himself—as well as a shining reputation.

Swims with Sharks
Written and photographed by Erik Bjurström

Reef sharks of the Red Sea are efficient, territorial predators whose behavior can be understood by anyone willing to bet a limb on how well he understands. A top underwater photographer gets close to one of the world's most misunderstood creatures.