In this issue, we bring you all things "Mera Sultan." Our obsession, and that of large swathes of the Muslim- Arab world, with the 16th century TV saga of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman, is a thing to behold. With production values to rival the best international serials, the story's high drama is captivating, not least because it seems like a slice of "our own" history. Sultan Suleiman is a man of magnificent achievement and a monumentally flawed personal life. Falling prey to harem intrigues, the Sultan eliminates his talented wazir, then his heir apparent and finally his last son with some ability. At the end of his life, he hands over power to his least able son, Selim the Sot, from whose reign begins the decline of the Ottoman empire. There is plenty to heed in this tale of the futility of power without principles and magnificence without morality.