The Secret History of the Flying Carpet —
In late July an essay appeared in the Australian literary journal Meanjin
written by Azhar Abidi. It was titled 'The Secret History of the Flying Carpet'
. The essay described the discovery of 13th-century Persian scrolls that suggested there was some truth to the old legends of flying carpets. Ancient Persian artisans had apparently discovered a process of boiling fibers in a magnetic clay before weaving them into a carpet. These magnetized fibers then floated above the ground, repelled…