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The last part of the movie "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" occurs in a (I guess) fictitious arabic State called Hatay (but see also the page on Hatay, Turkey). This flag appears many times.
In the red device there are some Arabic writing but I cannot
reproduce them. Is this flag related to any real-world one ?
Giuseppe Bottasini, 16 June 2000
I have seen the "Flag of Hatay" featured in the movie "Indiana
Jones and the Last Crusade" before. It was used in another
movie, I believe, but it was not Hatay's flag. I am convinced it is
real, however. The central medallion is borrowed from a
carved door panel from the El Salih Talay mosque in Cairo,
Egypt. It appears that the shahada or confession of Islamic
faith is inscribed therein. I first thought the flag was from
Hejaz, but that kingdom used the pan-Arab colours from the
outset. It could be that this flag was from the clan of Rashid
Ali, of the Jebel Shammar, whose family fought Ibn Sa'ud for
control of Arabia. As it stands, they lost and were conquered
by the Sa'udis.
Glenn Stefanovics 16 June 2000
Please see Ottfried Neubecker's Fahnen un Flaggen, Leipzig, 1939:
On page 73 he presents a Hatay's flag which is very much like the Turkish flag. The only difference is the star which is red with white border.
Joao (Portugal) 16 June 2000
It could be that this flag was from the clan of Rashid Ali,
of the Jebel Shammar, whose family fought Ibn Sa'ud for control
Glenn Stefanovics, 16 June 2000
So, this means that the Hatay flag on the Indiana Jones movie *might* a
real flag after all, or at least a real flag used to represent an
fictional entity. An interesting editing riddle, especially while there is
no absolute certainty about the issue...
Antonio Martins,17 June 2000
Hatay was not fictitious. Sometimes referred to as Alexandretta,
(I think), it was autonomous (probably not independent) at some
time between WWI and WWII, probably under French suverainty.
It's that little slither of Turkey that extends down towards
Lebanon along the Eastern Mediterranean (or is that now a bit
of Syria?). Although Hatay and Alexandretta aren't the same town -
A is north of H - the district was known by both names, e.g. the region
of Hatay or the region of Alexandretta (Iskenderun (sp?) in Turkish
and was a French mandate until 1939, when it was taken over by Turkey.
Robert Czernkowski, 18 June 2000