National Geographic : 1921 Apr
388 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE A GROUP OF PERSIAN SCHOOL BOYS AT HAMADAN While modern schools are increasing, the old Miakhtab Khaneh, with the Arabic Koran as the text-book in the primer class, is still a national institution (see illustration on opposite page). More than 98 per cent of the people of Persia are followers of Mohammed. Photographs by J. W . Cook A GROUP OF ARMENIAN AND PERSIAN SCHOOL GIRLS Probably 95 per cent of the women of Persia are illiterate, but in recent years foreign educators, and since the war the Persian Department of Education, have done much to promote the cause of education for Persian girls. It has only been within the last few years that girls have been allowed to attend the mission schools. Formerly they were married at the age of ten of twelve.