Via Egnatia to Rome and Byzantium

Via Egnatia to Rome and Byzantium

Paved with stones that, according to one Roman writer, “give the appearance not simply of being laid together ... but they seem to have actually grown together,” the Via Egnatia joined East and West under empires both Roman and Ottoman. Much of its 1,100-kilometer length can still be walked and driven, from original-stone footpaths in Albania to a superhighway in Greece.

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Six Degrees of Suriname

Six Degrees of Suriname

Independent since 1975, Suriname began as an English and then a Dutch colony. Now among the western hemisphere’s most culturally diverse countries, it also lays claim to the hemisphere’s highest percentage of population identifying as Muslims: 14 percent. Our Canada-born, Amsterdam-based, award-winning illustrator-author paid a visit to sketch and listen.

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Ferozkoh: Renewing the Arts of the Turquoise Mountain

Ferozkoh: Renewing the Arts of the Turquoise Mountain

After 15 woodworkers, painters, calligraphers and jewelers from Afghanistan visited the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, they produced an exhibit in which the classical inspired the modern. Now, the artists themselves are helping to inspire the renewal of a deep—and too-little-known—artistic heritage. 

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The Fabled Flatbreads of Uzbekistan

The Fabled Flatbreads of Uzbekistan

Stamped with patterns that beautify, identify and aid baking in a clay oven, the flatbreads—non—from the heart of Central Asia make art of one of the world’s most ancient staples.

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Travelers of Al-Andalus, Part IV: al-Ghazal: From Constantinople to the Land of the Vikings

Travelers of Al-Andalus, Part IV: al-Ghazal: From Constantinople to the Land of the Vikings

Good looks and a fleet wit gave Al-Ghazal his name, which means “gazelle,” and in later years the poet and courtier of Córdoba proved a reluctant though dutiful envoy both east and, more notably, north.

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