Middle Eastern

Cultures of the Middle Eastern lands, such as the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Israel, and Arabia

Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Ancient and Modern

The sparkling, new library in Alexandria, Egypt has an enormous reputation to live up to. The original, built by Alexander's general Ptolemy I Soter, became known as the greatest library in the world.

Imperial Turkish Costumes on Display

An exhibition of imperial Turkish robes and kaftans will be on display at the Smithsonian Institute's Sackler Gallery through January 22, 2006.

Textiles, Metalwork and Art from Ottoman Empire Now at Smithsonian

The weekend before Atenveldt and Gleann Abhann’s coronations, the first-ever international exhibition devoted to imperial Turkish robes, or kaftans, dating to the 16th-17th centuries, opened at the Smithsonian Institute’s Sackler Gallery.

Oldest Church found at Armageddon

The ruins of the oldest Christian church in the Middle East, and probably the whole world, were discovered in the Megiddo prison area.

"Crusades: Crescent and the Cross" on the History Channel

On November 6-7, 2005, the History Channel will present The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross, a "clear-eyed look at the first three crusades, the battle between the Crescent and the Cross, which still shapes the Middle East and relations between the two great religions in our present day world."

Turkish Textiles on display at the Sackler

"Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey" is on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, through January 22.

Eastrealm Woman Uses Belly Dancing as Therapy

Vinaya Saksena of the East Bay News in Swansea, Rhode Island discusses life and belly dancing with Mensa and SCA member Debra Moniz.

Istanbul: City of Many Pasts

Rick Lyman of the New York Times looks at the ancient city of Istanbul in a travelogue that recognizes the many cultures that make up the city.

New York lecture series showcases historical medicine

The New York Academy of Medicine hosts a four-part lecture series, beginning September 27, on the subject of medicine in ancient and medieval times.

6th Century Mosaic to Remain in Gaza

Israeli authorities have abandoned plans to remove a 6th century Byzantine mosaic from the Gaza Strip.

Laser Technology Used to Re-create Ancient Harp

Engineers from the University of Liverpool in England have created a reproduction of an ancient Iraqi harp, the Lyre if Ur.

Tauna AElswith's SCA site

Lady Tauna AElswith of Ostgardr has compiled a set of resources from her time in the SCA. There are redacted recipes, information on Byzantine clothing, Ottoman clothing, links and a few portfolio pictures.

15th Century Ottoman Maps Put to Modern Use

Several countries in the Middle East have recently requested copies of 15th century Ottoman maps to help determine modern border disputes.

Times: St. George Inspired by Syrian Mosaic?

Experts are wondering if a newly-discovered mosaic depicting Bellerophon, mounted on Pegasus stabbing a chimera with a lance is might have been an inspiration for St. George and the dragon.

Middle East Feast

Take this journey with Their Excellencies and the Barony of Twin Moons on this crusade to the Middle East. Experience the sights, sounds, food, story, song and games on the way. Bring your drums and zills and join the merriment of the drumming and dancing. Merchants will be on hand for those who love to wander the markets. Visit http://baronyoftwinmoons.org/ or http://middle-east-feast.tripod.com for more information.

Gladiator Games Attract Tourists in Jordan

Dale Gavlak of the Associated Press reports on gladiator games which are being held in the Roman ruins of Jerash, Jordan. The games will feature chariot racing and gladiatorial combat that are sure crowd pleasers.

New exhibit on ancient Yemeni art at the Sackler

"Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade" is now on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, in Washington, DC.

Indian and Persian manuscript exhibit on display at The Walters

"Pearls of the Parrot of India" is on display at The Walters Art Museum, in Baltimore, Maryland, through September 11.

A Man Walked into the Casbah: 13th Century Persian Jokes

Humor is ageless, or so believes John Emerson in his weblog 700 Year Old Jokes, a collection of humorous stories from a 13th century Persian Bishop.

Middle Eastern dancing gains popularity among Europeans

Once upon a time, almost all belly dancers were Middle Eastern, but now the art form is catching on in Europe, and some European-born dancers are bringing the dance full-circle by performing in the Middle East.

New Book Looks at Melting Pot of the Middle East

In a review for the New York Times, Robert D. Kaplan looks at Columbia University professor Mark Mazower's new book Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950.

Linen, the Fabric of Their Lives

The commercial web site Esoteric Creations has posted an article on the history of linen and the importance of its use in the clothing of the people of Egypt and Middle Ages Europe.

Props Needed for History Channel Program

Andy Oakland, a props master for the History Channel, is looking for some Bronze Age props in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

"Kingdom of Heaven" Documentary on A&E

"Kingdom of Heaven," a documentary about the upcoming film depicting the 12th century Crusade, will debut on A&E May 4, 2005.

Beit Aryeh Hosts Successful Event

Yehoshua ben Hayyam, Seneschal of the Incipient Shire of Beit Aryeh in Israel, reports that the recent Beit Aryeh Purim Sudah event was a great success.

Exhibit on Islamic art now at the Kimbell

"Palace & Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum" is on display through September 4 at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Three new exhibits open at the Smithsonian's Freer & Sackler Galleries

On March 19, three new exhibits on Japanese and Near Eastern artwork opened at the Sackler & Freer Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Jerusalem Post: Acre Crusader Site to be Opened to the Public

Sections of an 800-year-old archaeological site in the city of Acre have been scheduled to open to the public in June of 2005.

Sultan's Pool Celebrated Marriage

A 14th century swimming pool has been unearthed under the Mameluke Palace in Cairo, Egypt.

5th Century Letters Prove Gaza Intellectual Center

Researchers at the University of Fribourg believe that a rich cache of letters, written in Greek, prove that residents of 5th century Gaza lived a vibrantly intellectual life.