Middle Eastern

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

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!

11th century medical book to be returned to Iraq

Scotland Yard was on the job in London when they recovered a stash of rare antiquities stolen from Iraq in 1995.

Islamic art from the V&A on display at the National Gallery in DC

"Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum," featuring over one hundred of the V&A's 10th-18th century works, will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through February 6, 2005.

Pacific Northwest Warsha & 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! http://www.althaeib.com

Medieval Arabic Map to be Displayed at the Bodleian

The public has its first chance to view a medieval Egyptian map showing England as a "tiny, egg-shaped lump." The map is now on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England.

It's Rosewater Season in Iran

The small town of Qamsar in Iran is the center for the rosewater industry in the Middle East, a center that finds itself in a flurry of activity in early summer.

Border Folks May Claim African Roots

Archaeologists working on Hadrian's wall have found evidence that 500 Moors may have manned the wall in the 3rd century.

The Dumbek Revealed!

T'cos J'os reveals the "True History of the Dumbek" in a very tongue-in-cheek essay.

Studying the Kingdom of Jerusalem

This week Dame Aoife shares links dealing with the history and social customs of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Law and Order in Medieval Cyprus

Cyprus Weekly: An article by reporter Barbara Lyssarides looks at the fascinating -- and often dangerous -- history of medieval Cyprus.

Middle Eastern Dancing on the Web

Aoife, with the help of Mistress Katja Davida Orlova, shares an annotated list of Middle Eastern Dance sources available online.

Medieval Arab World Links

This week Aoife (Lis) shares links for all manner of information about the Medieval Arab World.