The Cranky Professor points out this reed temple in southern Iraq. (Article in NY Times)

Sheik Fadal showed his visitors to a splendid lunch of chicken, carp, pudding and dates in a mudeef, one of the arching, temple-like reed structures of ancient design that somehow remain hushed and cool inside even at high noon. As customary, a black-turbaned cleric recited the brief opening verse of the Koran when the meal was done.