Middle Eastern

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

Byzantine-era burials found in Syria

Archaeologists working at Jabal al-Sin, Syria on the Euphrates River have found cemeteries dating to the era of the Byzantine Empire.

[ATL] A Day In the Middle East

The Barony of Dun Carraig invites you to return to another day in the Medieval Middle East. There will be the usual drumming, dancing and enough fabulous food & drink to keep all attendees happy throughout the day.

Call for Assistance in Afghanistan

Tymothe Rankyn of Cathanar (Sgt Eric Rankin, USMC) reports that gentles serving in the military at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan have created an SCA group, and are in need of rapier equipment.

6th century mosaics lead to discovery of Roman city

Sometimes crime does pay, at least when it comes to archaeological discoveries. An illegal 2007 excavation of a home in southeast Turkey has revealed the Roman-era city of Germenicia. (photo)

Determining the date of Christmas

For many centuries, western Christians have celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, while those of the Eastern Orthodox faiths have celebrated it a week later. How did experts determine the date? Andrew McGowan of Biblical Archaeology Review has some answers.

Maps from Piri Reis to Katip Çelebi' at Vatican

An exhibition of maps from the Ottoman Empire will be on display at the Vatican this winter. The Ottoman Worldview from Piri Reis to Katip Çelebi', a traveling exhibit, was created in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Katip Çelebi'.

Persian garb patterns

On the Middle Eastern Dance Guild website, Melinda Haren (Mistress Roxane Farabi Shahzadeh) has posted a number of patterns for Persian garb that she has created.

Resources for period Middle Eastern music online

Those interested in Middle Eastern music and dance may want to visit George Dimitri Sawa's website, which offers information and links on period Arabic musical instruments and dancing.

Tall al-Shir dig reveals centuries of construction

Workers at the Tall al-Shir archaeological dig in Syria have so far uncovered three layers of history dating back to the Roman and Greek eras. A recent find including walls from the late Byzantine period.

Rarely-seen 9th century carpet mosaic displayed briefly in Jericho

In honor of the 10,000th birthday of the city of Jericho, officials gave visitors a rare glimpse of a 1,200-year-old carpet mosaic measuring nearly 900 square meters (9,700 square feet) which once graced the floor of the main bath house of an Islamic palace. (photo)

Advanced technologies planned to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls

Thanks to several major gifts, the Israel Antiquities Authority plans to digitize the entire Dead Sea Scrolls collection and "make the images freely available and accessible to anyone anywhere in the world on the internet."

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.