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The Seventh Summit

Standing atop North America’s highest peak, Alaska’s Denali, Raha Moharrak became the first woman from her country to reach “the seven summits”—the highest peak on each continent. “You are capable of wonders,” Moharrak says. “Feed your bravery, and it will overcome your fear; never feel that your dreams are too far from reach.”
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Bahrain's Pearling Path

Linking the waters once plied by pearl divers to the town their pickings paid for, the island of Muharraq’s streets-and-alleys walking trail strings together some 17 restored buildings, bringing new life to Bahrain’s most historic urban neighborhood.
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FirstLook: Qubbat al-Sakhra, ca. early 20th century

Considered one of the greatest achievements of early Islamic architects, craftsmen and artists, the magnificent interior of the Qubbat al-Sakhra (Dome of the Rock) was built between 688 and 691 CE on Jerusalem’s Haram al-Sharif by order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik. To create this unique symmetrical image of the hemispheric ceiling dome, photo restorer and artist Kelvin Bown painstakingly stitched together nine digital scans made from stereoscopic negatives.
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Islamic Science's India Connection

Mutual belief in the idea of a universal order drew Muslim scholars to Indus Valley knowledge, and their translations advanced the trans-civilizational endeavor we today call science.
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The Music Through the Window

London’s biennial summer festival of Arab culture, Shubbak (“Window” in Arabic), staged 80 events with 150 artists, writers, dramatists—and musicians, all chosen for fusion-oriented creativity. We take in six outstanding new sounds.
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Morocco's Cinema City

From Lawrence of Arabia in the ‘60s to Star Wars in the ‘70s to Game of Thrones last year, Ouarzazate is where it’s at for film and TV shoots— more than 100 a year—and it’s home to North Africa’s newest film festival.

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