Masjed Jamed, Herat, Afghanistan. western Afghanistan. The photo shows one of the columns of western Shabestan. Shabestan (=nightland) is part of a mosque for sleeping or nocturnal prayers. Despite of three decades of war in Afghanistan, the historcial heritage of Herat, especially this mosque, has survived and looks still the same as on this photo from 1970.
"Lords of the Atlas: The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua, 1893-1956". Set in southern Morocco, this book recounts the history of the Madani and El Glaoui families, the Quislings of French colonialism who ruled parts of Morocco by a terror and opulence that rivalled any Indian prince (Goodreads).