Cultures of the Middle Eastern lands, such as the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Israel, and Arabia
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2011-11-22 08:49
A 13th century inscription written in Arabic has been translated and found to be a proclamation by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. The inscription is thought to originally be from a wall in Jaffa, Israel. The inscription is the only known example of its kind.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-11-14 21:37
More than 70 workers are busy excavating an area beneath the Central Bus Station in Be'er Sheva, Israel. Thus far, the experts have identified the remains of several houses dating to the Byzantine area.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-11-10 12:05
Canadian bellydancer Rob Galbraith, known as Valizan in the SCA, considers himself a shy person, but those who watch his performance as a male bellydancer, complete with scimitar, would be surprised. Jeff Mahoney of the Toronto Star has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-11-02 09:00
The harbor at Yavneh-Yam in Israel has been an important port since the Roman era, but now researchers think it was also "one of the final strongholds of Early Islamic power in the region."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-10-16 08:38
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey was on hand recently for the re-opening of several sections of Istanbul's famous Topkapı Palace, including the 15th century weapons exhibit, the fourth courtyard and the kitchen.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-09-25 08:05
Elizabeth Lapina of Durham University in Great Britain reports that she is seeking papers and proposals for the upcoming publication, The Crusades and Visual Culture. The submission deadline is December 1, 2011.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-09-04 18:36
Archaeologists have discovered five marble Byzantine tombs dating to the 14th century in the city of Tyre in southern Lebanon. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-09-04 11:59
Medical historians and students of illuminated manuscripts will want to take a look at the Wellcome Library's Arabic manuscript collection, which includes some of its most important texts of Arabic medicine.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-08-25 10:36
AOL has published a slideshow of "11 Bizarre and Mysterious Historical Sites," including several from the Middle Ages. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-08-23 19:44
Archaeologists working in Pamukkale, Turkey believe they have found the tomb of St. Philip the Apostle. Pamukkale is the modern name of the ancient city of Hierapolis where Philip was killed.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-08-13 13:00
The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland has begun a project to digitize its collection of Islamic manuscripts. A gallery of images, including covers and bindings, is available on the museum's website.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-07-13 18:05
Israeli archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 6th century Byzantine public building in the ancient town of Akko (Acre). The discovery is the first physical evidence found of the Christian Bishop of Akko.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-06-19 08:10
Colin Renfrew, Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, offers a lecture on the Unsolved Mysteries of the Silk Road. The video is available on YouTube.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-06-11 13:59
Our shared dream is one that is fueled by a fondness for courtesies and ideals of times gone by, of simple pastimes and joys. In that spirit, we will journey back together, to a time when drumming, dancing, eating, gaming, and visiting were done for the pure joy of it.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-05-28 20:05
A display of 9th century Chinese pottery, discovered in 1998 in the wreck of an Arabic ship near Indonesia, has sparked controvery in the archaeological community. Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds, was scheduled to be exhibited at Washington's Smithsonian Institution.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-05-22 13:05
The Egyptian gods must have been angry when 6th century Coptic nuns used the walls of their temple for personal comments. The graffiti has been discovered at the 3200-year-old temple at Abydos.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-05-04 07:28
Looking for the perfect summer vacation? Why not plan a truly period trip to the City of Acre. Robyn Young and Tom Hall of BBC History offer travel trips.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-04-28 17:29
Their Highnesses of the Mists, Mikolaj and Vittoria, invite all to witness and celebrate the Investiture of Their Heirs.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-04-24 16:35
Auction houses have long profited from the 19th century practice of destroying precious painted manuscripts from Iran, India or Turkey by selling pages ripped from the books. Souren Melikian of the New York Times looks at this phenomenon.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-03-31 07:52
“The Hafla is my favorite event because they get the sights and smells right,” said SCA member Janet Johnston about a recent event in the Shire of Quintavia (East Kingdom). Rebecca Alty of The Item spent the day at the Hafla and reported her experience.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-03-23 07:08
Tired of the same, old tourist attractions? Huffington Post has some ideas for the Most Overlooked Historic Sites In The World in slideshow format.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-03-19 15:23
In a recent online issue of Saudi Aramco World Magazine, the history of fabric in the Middle East from the 11th century forward is discussed. Such fabrics as gauze and muslin were once very different from the way they are known today.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-03-16 17:39
Are you interested in dance? Do you want to learn some new and interesting dances? Do you need to brush up on the old standards? Do you have a favorite dance you'd like to teach? Do you just want to get out on the floor with the kingdom's best dancers? If so, this is the event you've been waiting for!
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-03-06 08:53
The recent political protests in Egypt have brought together strange bedfellows, some of whom must have included engineers, according to photographer David Degner, who caught a group of protesters using a siege engine.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-03-05 20:21
Israeli archaeologists are excited over the discovery of a 6th century Byzantine church in the desert southwest of Jerusalem. The small basilica features "exquisitely decorated" mosaic floors.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-02-20 14:16
A 500-year-old, handwritten copy of the Koran, owned by the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library, has been scheduled to be digitized and available online. The manuscript is the size of a large-screen television, and it is too fragile to be displayed. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-02-19 12:49
A team of Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois) professors and their students will spend the summer studying Tall Dhiban, an archeological site near the modern town of Dhiban in west-central Jordan.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-02-17 13:18
Please join us on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 6pm until midnight for a night of drumming, dancing, good food, and great company as we share Estrella War "No S**t" stories.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-02-15 11:43
The discovery of several luxurious Roman bathhouses in Bosra, Syria demonstrates that the area was an important part of Roman social life in the area, according to Director of Bosra Antiquities Department Wafaa al-Audi.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-02-09 17:53
Welcome to the Shire of Quintavia's annual Hafla. Come join us for a day of Middle Eastern dancing, classes, food and performances. We invite you to bring your Persian rugs, pillows, dancing shoes, musical instruments, and a warm smile, and join us for a day and evening in the Middle East.