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A felucca boat sails on the Nile in Cairo, Egypt.
Middle East, Reviews

When a River is a World

While on a hunting expedition in the Balkans in 1859, British explorer Samuel Baker made a stop — along with his travel companion, a maharaja from India — at a slave market town in what is now Bulgaria. Baker was…

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A man walks on the outskirts of the town of Timbuktu.
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The Timbuktu Delusion

Tahir Shah’s Timbuctoo has arrived with eerie, serendipitous, timing. In the months leading up to its publication, a coup d’etat and ensuing power vacuum in the West African nation of Mali has resulted in extremists taking over the country’s north…

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