National Geographic : 1929 Jan
HE HAS SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE MAKING TURKISH SEALS At his age he now finds it necessary to learn the Latin characters of the New Turkish, and, in common with many thousands of others, is already able to write his letters. The author had him make a seal with initials in Latin characters and with Istanbul and 1928 in Arabic-script Old Turk ish. Beside him are some blank seals and his engraving tools and behind him is one of the New Turkish alphabets. A DEVOUT MOSLEM BEFORE AWONDER-WORKING INSCRIPTION This inscription is in theArabic language as well asArabic script. It proclaims the greatness and unity ofGod, whose prophet Mohammed was. Most visitors in standingbefore the inscription rub itwith the palms of their hands and then rub their faces. One can see how high the polishing palms usually reach. Behind this grill isthe tomb ofEyoub Ensari, standard-bearer and friend ofMohammed the Conqueror (see page 95).