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.
Tile detail of Iranian Mosque, Dubai, United Arab Emirates by Phil Weymouth; I was told that Islam prohibits the representation of nature, hence the abstracts - not really flowers or leaves but overall that's the impression. Intricate and mesmerizing.
A year after she was shot by Taliban gunmen on her way home from school, 16-year-old Pakistani student and blogger Malala Yousafzai appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Blue mosque, Mazar-i-Sharif- - I could pretend and play like the great-traveler or a connection to one. The truth is : I'm aware of these places due to the skillful artistry and tender-heartedness of Gregory David Roberts. author of the infamous, and life-changing novel he wrote called "Shantaram." He opened my mind up like a flower.