National Geographic : 1922 Apr
MODERN LIFE IN THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION Photograph by Eric Keast Burke THE IRIDESCENT GATEWAY OF A MOSQUE IN BAGDAD Richly colored tiles arranged in geometrical designs distinguish the mosques in the city of Haroun Al Raschid. Because the Moslems are forbidden by their religion to represent living things in art their development of orna mental designs is worthy of note. Over the door of this mosque, between the stars and crescents, is an adaptation of a Turkish sultan's signature in Arabic which has been utilized with considerable decorative effect. The multihued robes of the loiterers before the entrance remind one of similar scenes at Bokhara and Samarkand.