Pound in Istanbul, the ancient Ottoman map electrified some scholars, mystified others, and raised baffling questions still unanswered to this day.
The Oronteus Finaeus MapPiri Reis and the Columbian Theory
"I closed my eyes... and then, with my eyes closed, I smelled incense ...a very holy... smell. I smelled time. I smelled centuries. I smelled history. And then I was sure the boat was there".
The students of UPM - the University of Petroleum and Minerals - embody the past and future of Saudi Arabia, a nation determined to have both without destroying either.
Their Fathers Sons: Naseer BassamTheir Fathers’ Son: Adnan al HassanTheir Fathers’ Sons: Hesham Ahmad TashkandiTheir Fathers’ Sons: Muhammad al-Nasir
Like the tulip, windmills came to Europe through the Islamic world, and today in new, more efficient forms, are spinning again - or will be soon - in places like Yorkshire, North Carolina and Quebec.
In the Arab world, every year is the year of the child, but last year - the United Nations' International Year of the Child, now winding down - Arab countries made special and memorable efforts.