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Volume 47, Number 5 September/October 1996

In This Issue

September/October 1996
The Dome of the Rock
Written by Walid Khalidi
Photographed by David H. Wells

Islam's first architectural masterpiece, built 13 centuries ago, stands at the heart of the Haram al-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem. With the neighboring al-Aqsa Mosque, its history and deep significance suffuse the entire holy city.

The Dye That Binds
Written by Caroline Stone
Photographed by Ilene Perlman

The thousand-year-old craft of bandhani, or tie-dying, still practiced in Muslim homes in northwestern India, probably originated in Central Asia. It gave rise to the American bandanna and possibly also to the red-checked head cloth of Arabia.

Fishawy's Café: Two Centuries of Tea
Written by Mae Ghalwash and Josh Martin

Any taxi driver in Cairo knows Fishawy's Café. His father certainly knew it too, and so did his grandfather. Clamorous and unglamorous, no café in Egypt is more beloved, nor more steeped in Egyptian social history.

The Nomad Route: In the Steps of Genghis Kahn
Written by John Lawton
Photographed by Nik Wheeler

The northernmost of the great East-West trade routes of antiquity, the Nomad Route reached from the Danube's mouth to Mongolia and beyond. Much of it was controlled by the various nomadic tribes of the Asian steppes.

Talent to Spare
Written by Laura White
Photographed by Ilene Perlman

Sculptor, luthier, painter and mechanical engineer, Kahlil Gibran—no, not that Kahlil Gibran—has put his prodigious talents to work in the South Boston neighborhood where he was born, and has found success in every field.