Middle Eastern

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

[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."

"Song of the Sea" pages reunited in Jerusalem

Two fragments of a 7th century biblical manuscript of the Song of the Sea, a triumphant hymn to the destruction of the Egyptian Army and the freeing of the Israelites, have been reunited for an exhibit at Israel's national museum.

The history of coffee

Do you take that morning cup of coffee for granted? Do you think coffee has always been there? Not so! According to the website of the Roast & Post Coffee Company, coffee was "not discovered until around 600 CE in the Middle East and only came into Europe in the 16th Century."

Crucifixion nail found in Templar stronghold

Archaeologists working at a fort on Ilheu de Pontinha, just off the coast of Madeira, have discovered a carefully-preserved nail dating to the first or second century CE, leading to speculation that it might be a relic related to Christ.

Byzantine-era road uncovered in Jerusalem

The Madaba Map, a mosaic depicting 6th-7th century Jerusalem, shows Cardo Street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Now, the Byzantine-era street has been discovered by archaeologists.

[MID] Qaina

Qaina: A Middle Eastern Dance & Music Event sponsored by the Barony of Brendoken

[ART] Middle Eastern 2010

A pale moon rises over the desert sands as a rider gallops into the night. Far behind him a cry rises from the royal stables as his work has been discovered. Beneath the thief the Sultan's prized stallion snorts as the robber spurs him on towards a maze of desert cliffs and canyons.

[OUT] Something Yummier

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the kitchen at events?  Ever wanted
to try your hand at “authentic” food?  This is the place to start.  Some of
our most notable cooks have agreed to come and share their knowledge.  Come
prepared to enjoy a day of learning, and food.

[MER] Crossroads of Jerusalem

You are Called to the Crusades!
Protectors of Jerusalem, you are called to the Holy Land!
Christians, Muslims, and Jews of the world, defend the land that is rightfully yours! War and battle, a meeting of cultures, and an exchange of art and science will greet you as you arrive.

Nowruz: Persian New Year

Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate the Persian New Year
Family Day, March 7, Features Traditional Arts, Music, Food

[EAS] Quintavia Hafla

Salaam and Marhaban from the Shire of Quintavia as we once again open our doors for our annual Hafla.

Shake the MidWinter Blues

Greetings!  Please join me in Dragonsspine (Colorado Springs) on Saturday, February 20, 2010 to rid yourself of the winter doldrums. Bask in the warmth of good friends, stuff your mouth and belly with delicious food, share your best "No ****, there I was . . . " Estrella War stories, and
bellydance and drum to your hearts content. For those of you going to the class at Cedars, please join us after.

Joan of Arc "relics" trace to ancient Egypt

Devotees of Joan of Arc were disppointed recently to learn that relices of Joan of Arc, overseen by the Archbishop of Tours in Chinon, France, are not only fake, but actually the "bones of a human and a cat tracing back to ancient Egypt."

Saint Nicholas in Turkey

St. Nicholas, the 4th century Christian saint who influenced so many Christmas traditions, is thought to have lived and died in Myra, Turkey. His remains were removed to Bari in southern Italy in the 11th century. Now Turkish officials would like to see Nicholas' basilica restored.

Same-sex marriage in the Middle Ages

Historians believe they have evidence of same-sex marriage in late antiquity and early Middle Ages. One piece of evidence is a monastic icon depicting the marriage of two male saints with Jesus officiating. (photo)

[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.

Crusader-era marble hoard found in Akko

A hoard of over 350 pieces of rare, antique marble has been discovered beneath a cellar floor in the Israeli coastal city of Akko. The hoard dates to the 13th century, and is believed to have been collected from nearby destroyed buildings.

[AET] Al Hafla 2010

Through Winter's bleak silence comes a Bedouin's plaintive call. Harken! Harken to the call of the desert sands. Hear the music call you to Al-Hafla. Come, let your spirit soar on the wings of dance. Experience the art of henna. Let the savory food of the sand's denizens fill your belly and senses. Glory in the warmth of friends, old and new.

Come, come to Al-Hafla.

[OUT] al-Barran Midwinter Celebration

Hrorek and Slaine, Baron and Baroness of al-Barran, are pleased to invite you to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of their halls and delight in sharing the delicacies and treasures of the Silk Road with you at al-Barran Midwinter Celebration

Hadrian's Wall: cultural melting pot

Research shows that the Roman guards who occupied Hadrian's Wall came from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, from northern to eastern European. Recently, evidence has shown that a fair number came from the Middle East.

BBC looks "Behind the Book of Omens"

On its website, BBC America has posted a series of videos on the Freer and Sackler Galleries exhibit Falnama: Behind the Book of Omens, the exhibit, which runs through January 24, 2010. The exhibit focuses on "a group of rare and unusual manuscripts that were once used to explore the unknown through divination in 16th- and 17th-century Iran and Turkey."

Experts look to art for new information on the Crusades

The discovery of two Crusader-era murals in a church in Syria may offer archaeologists insight into the history of Christianity during the Middle Ages. The murals are the first found in the Middle East which depict heaven and hell as subject matter.

Byzantine grave site found in Syria

A joint team of Syrian and Japanese archaeologists have discovered the graves of children dating to the 6th century in the ancient city of Palmyra. A wealthy city along the caravan route, Palmyra was known as the Bride of the Desert.

Minnesota professor to receive grant for medieval globalization research

University of Minnesota professor Susan Noakes has received a US$70,000 grant for two years for a project entitled “Globalization of the Middle Ages.” The research will be funded by the university's Imagine Fund.

[EAS] The Sarab Seraglio Remembered

Murmurs of soft voices whisper in your ear. The smoky scents of Amber and Sandalwood waft through the air. Aromas of turmeric and cumin tease your palette while the low throbbing of drums caresses your soul.

7th century Islamic manuscripts from the J.J. Marcel collection online

In 1864, the Imperal Library of Russia acquired the "collection of ancient Kufic Qur'ans on parchment bought from Mme Desnoyer, heiress of Arabist Marcel who was among the members of the learned French expedition to Egypt equipped by Bonapart," a magnificent set of about 2000 parchment leaves in Arabic, illuminated in full color and gold.

Abbasid Period village found in Qatar

A joint team of French and Qatari archaeologists is excited about the discovery of a 9th century town, "a remarkable village of 220 houses, two forts and two mosques," buried for centuries beneath the sands of northwest Qatar.