Paintings displayed in Iraq mosque a first

Paintings depicting scenes from the life of Imam Hussein (grandson of the Prophet Muhammad) are on display at a mosque in a Shiite area of Sadr City, Iraq.    Under Saddam Hussein such displays were forbidden, but a gradual increase in religious freedom has resulted in the approval and acceptance of these paintings.  A total of 11 paintings have been commissioned and will be exhibited in the mosque.

You can read the story, and see photos of the paintings in the mosque, in the LA Times.

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