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Entry courtyard door with verses of the Quran
Mamluk revival period, later 19th century
Egypt
oris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
photos by David Franzen
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A VISIT TO SHANGRI LA
by N.F. Karlins



Plenty of people have discovered, or thought they discovered, the inspiration for Shangri La, that mythic, isolated land of eternal youth and peace in James Hilton’s 1933 novel of the same name. Shangri La has turned up in China, Tibet and even Pakistan.

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