Friday, June 13, 2014

A Bit of History

Saudi Arabia's national oil company Saudi Aramco produces a free bimonthly magazine entitled Saudi Aramco World. With the tag line "Arab and Islamic cultures and connections," it deals not with fossil fuels but contains mainly articles on the history and cultures of the Islamic and Islamicate world. In the current May/June 2014 issue, for example, there is an article on a historic Muslim minority in northeastern Poland and contemporary efforts by its members to preserve their culture, as well as this not-too-bad article:

Flowers from the East

It touches on a few of the things I work on in my academic work, though it focuses a bit more on the Middle East - and particularly the Ottoman Empire - than on South Asia, no doubt because that is what much of the existing scholarship has focused on.


  1. I received this magazine by way of the former owner of my post office box in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and looked forward to every issue. Beautiful photographs and fascinating cultural history!

  2. I actually first came across it in high school art class, because my teacher suscribed to it for collage material!


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