Art: New Lights for Aladdin

With Iraq's government enriched by oil revenues of more than $200,000,000 a year, the ancient city of Baghdad (pop. 750,000) is planning a future almost as glittering as its past. The sun-baked Abode of Peace by the Tigris has a new bridge, new Royal Palace and Parliament buildings, a TV station and its first air-conditioned movie. It has started slum clearance and flood control, and its ancient irrigation system, in ruins since Hu-lagu the Mongol destroyed it in 1258, is being rebuilt. To top off the all-out effort to make the new Baghdad as great as the monumental city of 2,000,000...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!