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A Life Full of Good Stuff: A Conversation With Photojournalist Tor Eigeland

A Life Full of Good Stuff: A Conversation With Photojournalist Tor Eigeland

Photojournalist Tor Eigeland set sail from his hometown of Oslo in 1947 at age 16, and he never looked back until he had completed his last photography assignment, in Tangier for AramcoWorld in 2016.
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Going Pirogue, the Boats Feeding a Nation

Going Pirogue, the Boats Feeding a Nation

As long as a minibus and as thin as a canoe, curved like a banana and painted a rainbow of hues, the handbuilt wooden pirogue remains the watercraft of choice among half a million people who support the artisanal fishing industry along the coast of Senegal in West Africa. Pirogues were originally designed narrow for easier paddling, and their long, curved keels help them glide into surf and swell, where every morning hundreds of crews cast nets with the hopes of a good day's catch.
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Mango: The Emperor's New Fruit

Mango: The Emperor's New Fruit

We know from their memoirs that, centuries ago Mughal emperors craved mangos, and their patronage of orchards in Goa led to today's global mango agribusiness-but the tastiest mangos of all? Those still come from Goa. say locals, and most would agree.
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Art of Islamic Patterns: A Moorish Star

Art of Islamic Patterns: A Moorish Star

On a wall overlooking a garden in Marrakesh, Morocco, this 12-pointed star vibrates with strapwork and ornamentation, but its basic geometry can be drawn using only one-eighth of the pattern. That becomes. template that, flipped and inverted seven times, produces the rest of the star.
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What's So Resilient About Islamic Finance?

What's So Resilient About Islamic Finance?

Over the past two decades, investing, banking and mortgaging guided by Islamic principles have grown 10-fold worldwide. As a sector, Islamic finance experienced lower percentages of losses in the 2008 global financial crisis than most conventional institutions. Proponents point to lower risk profiles and focus on tangible assets, for starters.
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Mancala, the Game of Seeds

Mancala, the Game of Seeds

One of the world's oldest games, mancala needs only two players, some seeds or beads and shallow pits in the earth. Over more than a millennium and under different names, mancala spread out from East Africa, and now there are almost as many variations as there are cultures that enjoy it.
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Art of Islamic Patterns: Rüstem Pasha Rosette Part 1 – Geometric Sub-grid

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Art of Islamic Patterns: Mamluk Rosette – Part 1

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Safi’s Search for Sound

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Surfing Morocco’s New Wave

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Art of Islamic Patterns Lesson One: Alhambra–Alicatado

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How to make Harisa

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Bahrain’s Pearling Pathway

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Sepak Takraw's Kick in Minnesota

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The Art of the Seal: How to Make a Cylinder Seal Impression

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