He told me how the mosque in his hometown in the northwestern part of the Kingdom had, many centuries ago, been a Christian church, and even earlier than that, had been a synagogue. As a child, he would play around town and around the mosque, and had collected a box full of pottery shards, arrowheads, and even a few coins. Then, when he went off to university, his mother cleaned his room and threw them all away. From this, I learned not only that mothers are the same everywhere, but also that history is in danger of being lost. This may be particularly true in a country, such as Saudi Arabia, that, within just the past few decades, has advanced very quickly into the modern world. A May 2, article in the Arab News quoted Dr.