Now and then: Mogadishu, Tehran, and Kabul

Pictures can tell a 1000 words. Here are three to show just how recent the phenomenon of extremism is in the Middle East

by Ghaffar Hussain on 27 February 2013 14:58

A picture can convey more than a thousand words, the old cliché goes. The startling pictures below, comparing Tehran, Kabul and Mogadhishu now with how they were a few decades earlier, certainly provide food for thought.

They highlight how the conservativism and extremism we see in many Muslim-majority countries are relatively recent phenomena and are not deeply rooted in their history or culture.

I'm sure you will agree the contrast is quite amazing.


Mogadishu in the late 1960s and today...


Tehran in the 1970s and today...


Kabul in the 1970s and today...

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