Cultures of the Middle Eastern lands, such as the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Israel, and Arabia
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-12-09 10:31
We invite you to spend a day in the medieval Middle East. This year we will also be treated to the presence of their Majesties in full Turkish regalia as they invest our new Baron and Baroness. There will, of course, be the usual drumming, dancing, and enough fabulous food & drink to keep all attendees energized throughout the day.
Where: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Mechanicsville, MD
Barony of Dun Carraig (Mechanicsville, Maryland)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-12-04 11:25
When Carenza bint Asya (Diana Eckart) became involved with the SCA, she was given the choice of pursuing a Viking persona or that of a belly dancer. She chose the dancer. Now, six years later, she owns a dance studio and heads a troupe of dancers. Thomas Fraley of the Ball State Daily News has the story.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-11-15 15:11
Muazzez Ilmiye Cig's research into ancient Sumer led her to the conclusion that headscarves were worn in that culture's sexual rites. But when she made this claim in her book, the 92-year-old archaeologist found herself in court accused of insulting Muslim women.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-11-12 15:15
Lady Isabelle in the Kingdom of Meridies recently traveled to Turkey and shares photos from her visit online.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-11-09 12:20
Analysis of a fingerprint left by Leonardo Da Vinci suggests the prototypical Renaissance man may have been the son of a Middle East-born slave woman.
Submitted by lilli on Mon, 2006-11-06 10:00
On the Swedish Isle of Gotland, Edvin and Arvid Sandborg were helping a neighbor with his garden when they began to dig up old coins, one of them a 1,100 year-old arabic coin.
Submitted by Martel on Sun, 2006-11-05 18:57
Lady Martelle von Charlottenburg reports on "A Thousand and Two Nights", a Middle Eastern themed event held annually in the Barony of Bright Hills in Atlantia.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-10-12 08:47
According to Shelby (Montana) Promoter reporter Barbara Simonetti, Adrienne Cotterell is a "one-woman whirlwind" who teaches belly dancing, helps organize local SCA activities and works as a manicurist at the Corner Beauty Shop. Her teaching of belly dancing has won her a devoted following.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-10-03 08:16
Recent bombing and a resulting oil spill in Lebanon have damaged two World Heritage sites, says an inspection team from UNESCO. Roman remains at Tyre and a medieval tower at Byblos are in urgent need of repair.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-09-27 16:58
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, last week brought us into Anno Mundi (Year of the World) 5787. But Jews have only figured the calendar from the Creation since the 9th century C.E.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2006-08-11 06:50
The Weaving Art Museum, which features exhibitions of historic carpets, has a website with a wealth of information on the weaving of carpets throughout history with an emphasis on those of the Middle East.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Sun, 2006-07-30 17:26
Amateur divers off the coast of Cyprus have stumbled across the wreck of a ship believed to have taken part in the 1570 to 1571 Ottoman siege of Famagusta.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-07-17 22:27
Ismail Shah, the ruler who converted Iran from Sunni to Shia Islam, was born on July 17, 1487.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Wed, 2006-07-12 15:30
Egypt opened its doors to foreign dancers and asked its hometown heroes to stay out of the competition at the Alf Leila We Leila Festival (Belly Dancing World Cup 2006). Since an Egyptian has won nearly every year of the competition, the local contestants decided to see what the rest of the world had to offer.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-07-09 12:51
The Library of Congress has published a collection of 355 sheets of Arabic calligraphy from the 9th-19th centuries on its website. The site features digital reproductions of the manuscripts along with background material.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-06-19 08:30
The Barony of Twin Moons of the Kingdom of Atenveldt (Phoenix, Arizona) would like to invite you to experience the Middle East with us. We are holding our annual Middle East Feast on Saturday August, 19, 2006.
For those who have never attended, this is a day long, indoor event with drumming, dancing, merchants and a huge menu of Middle Eastern Food. You are encouraged to bring rugs, pillows, low coffee tables, drums, drapes so that the hall has an Eastern feel, and you have a place to lounge. All these elements go together to create a spectacular, one-of-a-kind event that is a great tradition in our lands
Barony of Twin Moons (Phoenix, Arizona)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-06-17 18:53
Nathan Santamaria, a reporter for National Public Radio, reports on his search for rare natural dyes in a Kabul, Afghanistan market. Listen to the All Things Considered report and view photos online.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-06-14 10:48
On June 14, 1325, Ibn Batuta left his native Tangier on pilgrimage to Mecca. He was not to return for 29 years.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-05-28 10:28
On May 28, 1291, during the Siege of Acre, the temple of the Knights Templar was destroyed. With it went the crusading Knights' last foothold in the Holy Land.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-05-27 09:26
On May 27, 1218, the first ships of the Fifth Crusade reached Egypt.
Submitted by Khalidah bint Yahyaa on Thu, 2006-05-18 12:00
Summer brings the call to Glory!
Following in the footsteps of those who first brought goods to Rome, our
caravan will find Adventure along the Silk Road. Merchants will gather from
far and wide, and Guards will heed the call to protect their goods against the
Brigands who await them. Experience the wonders of the Middle East, brave
the dangers of the Taklimakan Desert, and join friends Old and New for
food and fellowship in Chang’An, the Imperial City.
Up-to-date information is located at: http//www.glorywar.org/
LCCC Campground Buford, WY
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-05-17 14:25
In the past months, we have seen war rage in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. We celebrated great victories and mourned our losses. Rumors have now reached the ears of His Majesty Michael and His Highness Ragnarr that war will rage yet again between the Kingdoms of the East and the Middle. As we gear up to again take up arms in support of our Sovereigns, we look to find solace while we can. We look to the Wastelands, an oasis in the heart of our fair lands, a meeting place for the fierce enemies and loyal friends alike to gather in peace for a day of tournament, feasting, and fun.
Canton of Hindscroft (Booneville, North Carolina)
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-05-15 10:46
On May 15, 756, Abd ar-Rahman was proclaimed Emir of Cordoba, beginning the three-century Umayyad dynasty of Moorish Spain.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-04-26 19:42
Cambridge University has received a grant of nearly half a million pounds to conserve and digitize its Genizah Collection of medieval Arabic and Jewish documents.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Tue, 2006-04-18 21:08
A cache of gold and silver jewelry dating to 638-1099CE has been discovered in Ramle, Israel.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-04-16 17:16
Archaeologists have discovered the first provable remains of Knights Templar buried beneath a crusader castle in Israel.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-04-15 10:42
Mark your calendars - May 5-7 Formosa, AR...Aphar Faire XIV...theme is Tales from Apar!
Middle Eastern Miscellany!
Fighting, archery, rapier, food, A & S competition, classes, food,
children's classes, food,
coffee house fundraiser, food, Merchants, fun (you thought I was
going to say food didn't
you :-)...dancing, hafla, and a chance to visit with old friends and
make new ones!
Remember it is MAY 5-7, 2006 (yes, May!)
Shire Lagerdamm (Formosa, Arkansas)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-03-11 09:43
A cache of 6th century Coptic manuscripts has been discovered at the Monastery of Deir al-Surian in western Egypt. The find includes a single completed manuscript and hundreds of fragments from the 6th through 10th centuries CE.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-03-09 15:16
Back by popular request…the Cynaguan Culinary Guild invites you to join in an enchanted evening in Arab Spain. We have carefully chosen a menu of Middle Eastern delights, which will entice even the most critical palate which includes four courses beginning with appetizers and ending with a superb assortment of desserts and refreshing Moroccan Tea.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Sat, 2006-02-25 10:09
Two scholars discuss a historic flashpoint and its relevance today. Antonia Ryan conducted an e-mail exchange with two scholars of the Crusades -- one who writes about Christian perspectives and one who studies the Muslim experience of these medieval wars.