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Two women walk past the beautifully decorated Shrine of Hazrat Ali in Mazar-e-Sharif. One of the women wears the blue burka most commonly associated with Afghanistan, particularly Kabul. The other wears white, the predominent colour seen in Mazar.

Hazrat Ali was assassinated in 661AD and supposedly buried in Iraq. However local tradition says that instead his body was placed on a camel and buried where the camel dropped. In the 12th century the unknown burial place was revealed to a mullah in a dream. The shrine was built here in 1136.

The shrine was subsequently destroyed by Genghis Khan but rebuilt in 1481. It has been extensively renovated since.

(Information from An Historical Guide to Afghanistan by Nancy Hatch Dupree.)

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