By Donald Moffitt
The formidable Sultan of Alpha Centauri can in basic terms declare the illustrious identify of Caliph if he makes a ritual pilgrimage to the holy urban of Mecca. This trip accomplished, he'll rule the complete inhabitants of the better Islamic universe. yet human wisdom has no longer but been capable of triumph over the numerous demanding situations offered by means of interplanetary shuttle. besides the fact that, the Sultan resourcefully enlists the aid of Abdul Hamid-Jones, a shrewdpermanent fugitive with a cost on his head and the legislations on his heels. Thrown into the bewildering global of the Sultan's schemes, Abdul gets a hasty advent to complicated physics and the much more advanced political intrigues of the Sultan's courtroom. answerable for the winning execution of the Sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the destiny of the full sunlight approach may be resting on his shoulders.
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I . . " The three fedayeen looked at one another. "The Legitimists always take credit for everything," Dris said. " Hamid-Jones saw no reason to doubt their assertions. It was Rashid, back on Mars, who had pointed out that the terrorists in the majlis attack had willingly sacrificed their right hands to smuggle weapons into the operating theater. It took a Christian to do that—even though the loss would be temporary. A Moslem would more readily have sacrificed his zib. "We received news of the attack almost a year ago from our colleagues in the Solar system," Musa said.
He believes in cultural exchange as a way of bringing new vitality to his kingdom. That's why your Earthian dance troupe decided to transplant themselves here. There were too many restrictions in the Solar system—not enough respect for them as artists. To those Solar mossbacks, a dancing girl is a dancing girl. " His wife glanced meaningfully at their daughter, and Yaqub closed his mouth. " Hamid-Jones asked. "He was up early," the landlord said. " Roxane said. "Run along. Find something else to do.
He made smaller and smaller circles with the ring until the little light was at its brightest, then slapped it down over the spot to cling magnetically. He inserted his fingers and thumb in the slots. He sweated some more. He hoped that Aziz and the Jihad had their in-formation right. If it didn't work, he was about to lose his fingertips. He cleared his throat. "Open, al-bab," he said softly. The door swung open. The electronic skeleton key had per-formed as anticipated. It was no good trying to mimic finger-prints and the characteristic mixture of body oils, sweat, and skin flakes that went with them.