Middle Eastern

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

Observatory of Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi possibly found in Iran

Archaeologists from the Alamut Castle Research Center in Iran believe they might have discovered the 13th century observatory of polymath Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi, who accepted the position of scientific advisor to the Mongols in 1256.

[ATE] Barony of Atenveldt Yule

Are you looking for something fun and different to do to spice up your winter season?  Looking forward to the drums of the upcoming War?  Well, look no further.

Silver coins prove global trade in 8th century Germany

"The discovery of Arabic coins at the coast of the Baltic sea proves that there was global trade more than 1,200 years ago," said Greifswald historian Fred Ruchhoeft about the discovery of 82 Arabic coins in a northern German field.

13th century paper recipe online

Medievalists.net reports that Adam Gacek has published a paper describing a thirteenth century recipe for Arabic papermaking. The recipe states that the paper was made from the bark of fig trees, rather than hemp or flax.

Arabian silver hoard found in Germany

82 silver coins dating from the 7th to 9th centuries have been found in Germany near the Baltic Sea. The coins originate from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and northern Africa and indicate strong trade between Europe and the Middle East at that time.

Photos from Atenveldt's Middle East Feast online

Dave Kelley of Studio Seventy 3 has created two albums of photos shot recently at the Kingdom of Atenveldt's Middle East Feast.

5th century Buddhist temple found in Afghanistan

Amidst the fighting south of Kabul, Afghanistan, comes a bright spot: the discovery of a Buddhist-era temple dating back to the 5th century.

[ATL] Midnight at the Oasis III

Please Join the Canton of Nimenefeld for the III annual Midnight at the Oasis. This one travels down the Silk Road which was one of the world's oldest and most historically important trade routes and its influences on the culture of China, Central Asia and the West.

[ATE] Middle Eastern Feast

Mysterious are the gentle tugs on the strings of all possessing a wanderer's heart encouraging them to take a journey and enjoy the generous hospitality within the borders of the luminous pearl of Atenveldt, Twin Moons.

Crusader-era fresco on display in Jerusalem

A rare Crusader-era fresco depicting a New Testament scene has gone on display to the public at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The fresco was discovered during restoration work to preserve archaeological sites affected by floding.

Iraq's 'Garden of Eden' recovers from Saddam Hussein regime

While in power, Saddam Hussein drained the vast marshes of southern Iraq, destroying the ancient way of life of the people there and removing the habitat of many wild species. Now, the land and its culture have partially recovered, thanks to the efforts of both local people and Iraqi conservationists.

Brave belly dancer "had the bigger knife"

When a would-be robber tried to steal the purse of Yuma, Arizona belly dance instructor Zarmineh Moody, he got a big surprise: her 25-inch Turkish scimitar trumped his knife.

[LOC] An Ottoman Caravanserai

This is the first event of the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Stormhold, held in the Ottoman style, for the honour of our esteemed Patroness, Baroness Ute von Tangermunde. All travelers on the road are welcome, as there is much entertainment and hospitality!

Ancient music from Ugarit reconstructed

Working with the earliest musical notation known, Syrian musicologist Ziad Ajjan has composed three pieces from the Ugarit cuneiform tablet known as the "Hymn of Supplication."

Donation to help conserve living history of Acre

The city of Acre in Israel, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the region, will receive support to its conservation efforts from a new partnership with the City of Rome and its mayor.

Middle Eastern discussion group created

Lady Miriam bat Shimeon reports that she has created a discussion group those interested in topics pertaining to Middle Eastern dance and arts and sciences in the SCA. The list is hosted by Google.

"Light of the Sufis" at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Now through August 8, 2010, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts will host Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Arts of Islam, an exhibit that "focuses on some of the most important Sufi ideas and practices that found expression through the arts of the Islamic world."

New Sanai verses discovered

An Iranian scholar has discovered 205 previously unknown quatrains of the 12th century Sufi poet Sanai Ghaznavi.

Middle Eastern embroidery exhibit in Leiden

The Textile Research Centre of Leiden, NL will present the exhibit Embroidery from the Arab World through August 22, 2010. The exhibit is the first in the Netherlands to showcase Arabic embroidery.

Kentucky exhibit looks at Arabian horses through the ages

The Kentucky Horse Park is presenting "A Gift from the Desert: The Art, History and Culture of the Arabian Horse" which will run from May 29 to Oct. 15, 2010.

[MER] All Things Middle Eastern

Come join us in Shire Brantestone's last event--All Things Middle Eastern! 

Corpus Coranicum hopes to shed light on the history of the Qur'an

A team of scholars at Germany’s Berlin-Brandenberg Academy of Sciences is about to complete the first phase of the Corpus Coranicum, a 20 year project to create "a central repository of imagery, information, and analysis about the Muslim holy book."

Jewel of Muscat sails

1200 years ago, Arab ships sailed the Indian Ocean. Now, centuries later, the Jewel of Muscat, a replica of a 9th century ship, built in Oman as a gift to Singapore, sails again. Her 10-day journey is chonicled in photos by the BBC.

Crusaders: Villains or saints?

Historians have long debated the motives and actions of the medieval crusaders who took the Holy Land by force in the 11th century. New York Times reviewer Eric Ormsby has a review.

Keeping Alive the Language Jesus Spoke

In the village of Maaloula, Syria, the ancient language Aramaic is still spoken but endangered.

New Syrian Excavation Offers Light on Inventors of Writing

At Tell Zeidan in Syria, a few hours' drive from Aleppo, archaeologists believe they will find rich discoveries about the culture that flourished there before the first cities appeared further south. 

[MER] Not So Grand I.V.

The Shire of Loch an Fhraoich invites you to join us for Not So Grand I.V. - Dis-Orderly Conduct. Join us as we have fun with period & not so period medical themes.  The event will be held at the Bowling Green KOA, Bowling Green, KY April 23-25, 2010.

"Dead Cities" offer glimpse into Byzantine life

The "Dead Cities" of northern Syria, actually suburbs of Antioch, were deserted in the 7th-10th centuries after continual natural disasters and warfare. Now the remains of over 100 small towns are giving insight into life in the Byzantine Empire.

[ANT] Irish Feast

Come join the goode folks of Rivers Bend on "De Nile’. Like Kurdish General Saladin; in 1168 Saladin established his presence in Egypt. We will re-experience Egypt of the time by ‘Horacing’ around with
Bardic and A & S competitions, Subtly, Pied-Piper activities, Egyptian games and fighter workouts weather permitting.

Alpha Officium -- An online mint and SCA Moneyer resource

"If you need a reign coin, site token, or mercenary pay coin-we have it here." After 25 years of Moneyers Guild work throughout the SCA, Master Emmerich of Vakkerfjell, OL, OP, has opened the internet doors on his very own online "Mint." For those that need a coin from almost any period, for almost any event-he suggests, "pay a visit."