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Ornate Mosque

The very ornate ceiling (with Arabic calligraphy, designs and stained-glass windows) of the Blue Mosque, or the Sultan Ahmet Camii Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey. The mosque was founded by Sultan Ahmet I, and construction was completed in 1616.

Header image for “Statement from IMB’s President Platt”

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Call to Prayer

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Gazing

A man in Turkey gazes out his window. Turkey is a divided country, split between those who want to maintain a secular democracy and those who hope for a more Islamic society.

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Trunk of Apples

A farmer brings his crops of apples in the trunk of his car to sell in Baku city.

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Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and legumes are sold in street bazaars throughout Central Asia. In many Central Asian towns, families shop in local bazaars to buy food and clothes.

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Herbs and Fruit

A woman tends to her herbs and pomegranates. In some Central Asian locations, farmers from the country bring produce to the city to sell in the bazaars.

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Busy Mosque

This image was taken during Friday prayers at a small mosque in Baku. The crowd reached well over 1,000 inside and out so people had to flood into streets to lie their prayer mats for prayer time. The crowd was all men.

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Prayer Mat

This image was taken during Friday prayers at a small mosque in Baku. The crowd reached well over 1,000 inside and out so people had to flood into streets to lie their prayer mats for prayer time. The crowd was all men.

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Old City

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Pamir Mountains

Scenery of a cow beside the Pamir Mountains in Darwaz, Tajikistan, bordering along northern Afghanistan, in the Gorno-Badakhshan region. Afghanistan is just across the Panj River. The Pamir Mountain range is known as the Roof of the World, containing three of the four highest mountains in the former Soviet Union.

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Tea Time

Hot tea is a significant part of hospitality across all Central Asia. No meal or visit is complete without a cup of tea.

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Konya Mosque

The sun sets behind one of the many mosques in Konya as pigeons circle the building.

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This aerial shot was taken in the early morning over the entire Cappadocia region.

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Arabic Wall

An intricately painted tiled wall featuring a statement in Arabic at the Pink Mosque (Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque) in Shiraz, Iran.

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Khaju Bridge

An Iranian man walks his bicycle through an archway of the Khaju Bridge at sunset in Esfahan, Iran. This bridge crosses the Zayandeh River.

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Kabul Carpets

Carpets in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Woman in Hazara

A Hazara woman and daughter in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Tatar Dancer

Tatar performers sing traditional songs and dance before a group of foreign dignitaries during the Tukay festival in Kazan. Tukay was a famous Tatar poet whose birthday is celebrated each year on April 26. Dignitaries from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, China, and Mongolia were in attendance.

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Instrument Maker

Women and men work to make carpets, hats, and other traditional Uighur textiles at a factory in Kashgar, China, historically known as the “pearl of the Silk Road” trading route on the Kyrgyzstan and China border.

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Tatar Dancers

Tatar performers sing traditional songs and dance before a group of foreign dignitaries during the Tukay festival in Kazan. Tukay was a famous Tatar poet whose birthday is celebrated each year on April 26. Dignitaries from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, China, and Mongolia were in attendance.

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