Middle Eastern

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

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.

Turks Display 1000 Years of Turkish Art and Culture

Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600-1600 may be the world's greatest display of Turkish art and culture. The exhibit opened January 22, 2005 at London't Royal Academy of Arts.

Danish Archaeologists in Search of Vikings in Iran

Archaeologists from Denmark are investigating links Vikings and Irans on the shores the Caspian Sea in Iran.

Islamic Renaissance Workshop to be Presented in Maryland

The Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies at the University of Maryland will present "The Impact of Islamic Culture on the Arts of the Renaissance," a day-long workshop, on February 4, 2005.

Northshield Dance Seminar XIX

Please join us for a day and night full of dancing as the Shire of Inner Sea presents: Northshield Dance Seminar XIX, March 19, 2005.

James Ossary Discoverer Charged with Forgery

An Israeli collector has been charged with forgery in the case of the "James Ossary," the burial box of the brother of Jesus.

Teaching Men to Shimmy

"Put your feet shoulder-width apart, stick your chin up, and bring your arms out sideways — it makes you look big, strong, and proud so you are ready for action."

Kathimerini: Eleutherna Sheds Light on History of Crete

Archaeologists excavating the ancient city of Eleutherna on Crete are finding evidence of continuous occupation from the 9th B.C.E. until the 14th century C.E.

New Yorker: History of the Crusades Explored

Two new books on the Crusades have hit the shelves. New Yorker writer Joan Acocella does the review.

Iranian Warrior was Female

DNA tests have shown the remains of a 2,000-year-old warrior in an Iranian tomb are those of a woman.

Researchers find the real face of Father Christmas

According to forensic research conducted for a BBC2 documentary, "The Real Face of Santa," Saint Nicholas was short, olive-skinned and had a broken nose.

Iran "Cradle of Board Games"

Iranian archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old backgammon set, thought to be the world's oldest, making the country the "cradle of board games."

University Offers Intensive Turkish Study Opportunity

An intensive summer school seminar co-sponsored by University of Washington, Seattle and Harvard University will offer a number of classes designed to aid scholars in Turkish and Ottoman studies.

"Crusades: Myths and Realities" to Travel to Four Countries

An exhibition, funded by the European Union, of arts and artifacts from the Crusades has opened at the Municipal Arts Centre of Nicosia in Cyprus.

New exhibit on medieval Chinese and Iraqi ceramics at the Sackler

"Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade and Innovation" will be on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, through April 24, 2005.

Bimeh.com: 11th Century Mosque Discovered in Iran

The remains of a 1,000-year-old mosque have been discovered near Baft in southern Iran.

Newswise: Laptops to Replace Picks?

University of New York at Buffalo geophysicist Gregory S. Baker believes laptops may be more effective tools for archeologists than picks and trowels.

Arab Scholars First to Decipher Hieroglyphs

New research shows that Arab scholars cracked the secret of hieroglyphs 800 years before the discovery of the Rosetta stone.

Qamar Franji Eastern Arts

Qamar Franji is a SCAdian merchant specializing in books and supplies for those interested in Middle Eastern persona.

Haaretz: Crusader-Era Remains Found in Jaffa

The remains of a 12th century crusader-era man were discovered recently during excavations in the Jaffa, Israel flea market.

Middle East Meets Far West at Hafla

The Household Al-thaeib invites the known world to attend this year's Pacific Northwest / Southwest / Far West / Way East (depending on where your border lies) Warsha & Hafla!