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Volume 49, Number 1 January/February 1998

In This Issue

January/February 1998
Books For A New World
Written by Arthur Clark
Photographed by Kathleen Burke

Muslim children in Western countries have a harder time than most defining their place in the world. Books that suit their circumstances—published by growing numbers of entrepreneurial Muslim publishers—can give the children a sense of the heritage they've sprung from, the multicultural societies they live in, and the roles they can select in life.

Islam on the Roof of the World
Written by José Ignacio Cabezón
Photographed by Kevin Bubriski

The Muslim communities of Tibet are not simply Islamic islands in a Buddhist sea. Muslims' history as traders and residents is long and their roots go deep in a society that values faith and diversity.

Lebanon's Renaissance of The Arts
Written by Sarah Gauch
Photographed by Norbert Schiller

Like grass growing through concrete, Lebanon's once-flourishing arts scene stubbornly survived a decade and a half of civil war. With peace, and amid the rubble and the roar of reconstruction, it is burgeoning again—undernourished but determined, and more vital than ever.

A New Generation in the Middle East
Written by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

About half the population of the Arab world is now under the age of 15. This new generation is the first to live predominantly in the cities and the first whose cultural horizons and economic expectations are being enlarged by the world's increasing political, economic and social interconnectedness.

Sitti at Her Side
Written by Pat McDonnell Twair
Photographed by Michael Nye

The warmth of family and place suffuses the poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye, and radiates from her life in San Antonio. Part of that warmth comes from her close relationship with her grandmother, Sitti Khadra, and the wordless communion they shared.