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David Douglas Duncan

World of Islam

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View of a fortified hilltop surrounded by mountains. In the foreground, a lone soldier sits on the ground next to his foxhole, praying.

"[That] evening [in 1953], a single French soldier, a Berber, prayed toward Mecca and home far beyond, across the tops of mountain ranges disappearing into the haze of the northwest . . . the infinity of Communist China." Yankee Nomad, p. 371.