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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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Bahrain's Pearling Path

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FirstLook: Qubbat al-Sakhra, ca. early 20th century

Photo restorer and artist Kelvin Brown stitched together scans from stereoscopic negatives bringing renewed clarity to the Qubbat al-Sakhra (Dome of the Rock).
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FirstLook: Qubbat al-Sakhra, ca. early 20th century

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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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Islamic Science's India Connection

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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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Morocco's Cinema City

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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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The Music Through the Window

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The Seventh Summit

One Saudi woman's historic journey to climb atop the "the seven summits," the highest peak on each continent, is about making the impossible achievable.
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The Seventh Summit


2021 Calendar: Flavors

2021 Calendar: Flavors

Cooking at home: Many of us are doing more of it than ever. Stories and recipes selected from our own regular “Flavors” section show just how delicious 12 months of discovery can be.
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The Westward Journeys of Buttons

The Westward Journeys of Buttons

We all use them. Most fasten; some decorate. A search for origins points toward the Indus Valley and China. By the Middle Ages, buttons reached Europe along with other garment techniques and fashion influences from lands east. Their stories are as interwoven as the textiles they make possible and as varied as their infinite designs.
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Artists Answer COVID-19

Artists Answer COVID-19

Amid this year’s travel bans, museum and gallery closures, lockdowns, quarantines, and social distancing, visual artists are responding with fresh imagery and creative collaborations across new platforms to articulate this moment and carry culture forward into the next.
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The Future’s Golden Fiber

The Future’s Golden Fiber

Jute grows in tropical wetlands worldwide but nowhere as organic and plentiful as the deltas of Bangladesh and India, where its golden-hued fibers are inspiring a new generation of biodegradable products from carpets to car seats, clothing to “bioplastic” grocery bags.
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A League of Their Own

A League of Their Own

In the era when baseball emerged as "America" National Pastime," the sons of Syrian Lebanese immigrants were smitten by the sport too— including a leftie slugger in Port Arthur, Texas, named Bill Anawaty.
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Sitar Master of Maryland

Sitar Master of Maryland

With a lifetime of training from leading sitar virtuosos, Alif Laila is one of few women to achieve international recognition with the mesmerizing instrument whose sound evokes the musical identity of the greater Indian subcontinent. She is as passionate about music as she is about encouraging other women.

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FirstLook: East Coast of Saudi Arabia, Circa 1952–1964

FirstLook: East Coast of Saudi Arabia, Circa 1952–1964

East Coast of Saudi Arabia, Circa 1952–1964
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Flavors: Tamia—Falafel

Flavors: Tamia—Falafel

An easy Sudanese recipe for this great snack or mezze/appetizer that is probably as popular in the West as in the Middle East, where it originated.
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The Dialogues of Don Quixote

The Dialogues of Don Quixote

Amid the fearful turbulence of the 17th century, Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes invented a plot, characters and names that seemed innocently comical, but they cleverly cloaked his insistence that Spain recognize its historical diversity—and Don Quixote became the bestselling novel ever published.

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