Can I connect a new Macbook Air with Thunderbolt cable to an older iMac with a mini-display port only?

Can I connect a new Macbook Air with Thunderbolt cable to an older iMac with a mini-display port only? If not, Apple should introduce thin, 27-inch display (as on newer iMacs). Why would I buy current Thunderbolt display when it's basically my current iMac, less the computer part, with the additional ports?

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    The "Target Display Mode FAQ" seems to suggest that the "Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort" cable is required to support this configuration. The FAQ is at support.apple.com /kb/HT3924

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