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Yarrow Mamout: Freedman

Born in West Africa, fluent in Fula and Arabic, he endured 44 years as a slave. In 1800 he bought a house in Georgetown, on the edge of Washington, the United States’ new capital, on a site where archeologists recently dug in hopes of adding to his remarkable American story.
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Malika III: Shajarat Al-Durr

First woman to claim an Egyptian throne since Cleopatra, Shajarat Al-Durr won an Ayyubid sultan and then a crusader war; founded a Mamluk dynasty and ruled as sultana de facto far longer than de jure— until her storied, violent end.

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At Home with Harisa

Harisa has been widely popular in North Africa for 500 years, ever since dried peppers crossed the Atlantic and met olive oil. It’s easy to make on your own—but make enough to share with friends. One taste and you’ll know why.
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Beirut Sounds Like This

An alchemy of creativity and adversity, the Lebanese capital’s indie/alt music scene feels ripe for global gold. Find some of our starter tracks on page 22 to listen to while reading and decide for yourself.

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Running for the Royal Cup

An Arabian thoroughbred’s track performance in 1989 in Tokyo spurred the creation of a two-nation symbol of friendly relations: Japan’s annual Saudi Arabia Royal Cup, whose 18th trophy winner recently claimed victory by no more than a nose.
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What's so Funny About Lucian the Syrian?

Renowned and often notorious, Lucian wrote in Greek under the Roman Empire. Inspiring and famously satirizing, he conjured the source tale for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” penned the first space-travel science fiction novel and coined a term that became a beloved modern superhero. 
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