Leyli and Majnun in the modern world


Max Allen in Toronto sends us another version of this ambiguous representation of the Leyli and Majnun story. If the mujahideen figure is identifiable, who might it be? My copy was sold to me as a “portrait” of Osama bin Laden, but I was always very sceptical of this attribution. There’s further discussion of this in our other posts considering Leyli – the images appear when you click on the post titles.


When you compare the two, while some elements are missing from the image below, many are reproduced quite carefully, such as the profile of the male figure, which is surely distinctive enough to be reccognisable?

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