Cultures of the Middle Eastern lands, such as the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Israel, and Arabia
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-11 16:33
NAFDA, the North American Frame Drum Association, will sponsor a workshop featuring drummers from around the world on October 17, 2009 in North Hollywood, California.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-04-10 15:45
Join us among the fantastic red rocks of Southern Utah as we celebrate the Medieval Middle East.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-04-04 13:15
Archaeologist Katharina Galor believes technology might just help eliminate hours of tedious recording and cataloging during a dig, and she plans to test her theory at Apollonia-Arsuf, a crusader castle in Israel.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-03-22 13:10
Archaeologists working in the Old City of Jerusalem have discovered a piece of Persian pottery dating to the 12th-13th centuries. The shard is inscribed with a quotation from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-03-12 20:35
A new exhibit of Iranian art dating to the 16th and 17th centuries is now open at the British Museum in London. Shah 'Abba's The Remaking of Iran will run through June 2009.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-02-27 15:54
Qaina, A Middle Eastern Dance and Music Event that includes classes, a show, dinner, and a hafla sponsored by the Barony of Brendoken.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-02-19 16:54
After a year hiatus, the Hafla returns to the Barony of White Waters. Once again you can study the arts of dancing and drumming as well as other Mid Eastern arts. The Crusader Camp will once again be available for fighters to sit and discuss the Arts Martial, possible outdoor classes weather permitting.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-02-03 17:12
Bookworms and crude repairs have wrought destruction on the priceless parchment books in the archives of the Malta Study Center at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library. American Public Radio's Speaking of Faith has the 14-minute, online story.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-01-23 17:44
It was a very bad day for 3rd century Roman soldiers who tried to defend a fortress by way of a cramped tunnel. Dead soldiers were doused with toxic substances and set on fire, causing the Romans to retreat.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-12-24 12:07
In the village of Kfar halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, children learn about Israel of 2,000 years ago and the Hanukkah story with the help of historic re-enactors. The village also features activities for kids such as harvesting olives and making oil.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-12-17 12:38
Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority report that a 5th century Byzantine bathhouse has been discovered in Zikhron Ya‘aqov, Israel. The "magnificent" structure is well-preserved and believed to have belonged to a private residence. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-12-14 17:41
A 7th century inscription in stone by an Arabic traveler may help solve a mystery about the Qur'an pondered by scholars for centuries: Why was the text seemingly written without diacritical marks?
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-12-10 11:58
A 1500-year-old "Sleeping Buddha" statue has been found buried in Afghanistan near the site of the tragic destruction of two other statues seven years ago by Taliban extremists. The latest 62-foot long Buddha was found by a French-Afghan team.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-12-05 11:05
The discovery of a simple mosaic floor beneath Temple Mount's Aksa Mosque has led archaeologists to speculate that the Mosque may have superceded a Byzantine church, but other experts disagree.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-11-27 10:19
Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the largest ancient church ever discovered in Syria. The remains of the 5th century structure were found recently near Palmyra in central Syria.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-11-19 08:55
Llywelyn has posted an album of photos from the recent Road to Alexandria event in the Marche of Gwyntarian (Middle Kingdom) on his Flickr website.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-10-16 17:51
The city of Istanbul has a long history of interest in athletics and games dating to the earliest days of New Rome, where gladiators battled. Freelance writer John Crofoot has the story for Today's Zaman.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-10-11 10:33
Our event will take place on a lovely Mediterranean island where so many great cultures blend together. Both European and Middle Eastern dances will be taught during the day by teachers such as Beau Tappan, Maureen Newsom, Teri Corbin, Kris Tombley, Lora Smalley, Shannon Driscoll, Allen Smith and many others. A chance to practice your new skills offered in the evening in the form of a ball/halfa. Location:
College of Blaiddwyn (Albuquerque,New Mexico)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-10-08 14:35
The Royal Ontario Museum has announced that it will bring sixteen of the Dead Sea Scrolls to Toronto for an exhibit which will run June 27, 2009, until Jan. 3, 2010.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-09-28 08:49
A team of Iranian archaeologists has discovered an eighth-century minaret in the country's northeastern city of Damqan. The architectural remains are the oldest yet discovered from the Tarikkhaneh Mosque.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-09-18 18:22
This is the tale of the Tournament of the Oasis of the Crimson Sands, not far from the Holy City of Jerusalem, between two great kings, Saladin, beloved of his people, and King Richard the Lion-Hearted, both great warriors of their respective lands.
Shimmering silks of azure blue, emerald, ruby and gold, along with sandalwood incense, wafted on the gentle breeze amongst the shaded pavilions of strange and unfamiliar shapes.
Submitted by samia on Sat, 2008-09-13 09:00
A rare Islamic rock crystal ewer is reclassified after being sold as post-industrial French antique for about UK£200. It will auction at Christie's London this October for more than UK£3 million. It is one of eight known extant rock crystal ewers from the period. (picture)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-09-06 08:06
Clint Buckner from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem is looking for a few extras for a short film he is producing. The film will be shot the weekends of November 8-10 and November 15-17, 2008.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-09-03 18:32
Reconstructing History, a company that provides patterns for historical costumes, has added several patterns for late period Ottoman garb.
Submitted by Robt Fairfax on Mon, 2008-08-11 14:23
Reconstructing History aims to be your one-stop shop for the finest patterns for historical clothing and the supplies you need to make them. Owned and operated by internationally-noted historical clothing researcher Kass McGann, Reconstructing History has patterns for clothing from 10th-century Heian Japan to the Napoleonic era (1812).
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-07-26 14:23
300 rare Jewish books, confiscated from Iraq's Jewish community during the regime of Saddam Hussein, have been returned to Israel. The works included a 15th century commentary on the biblical Book of Job.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-07-16 11:20
LiveScience columnist Heather Whipps writes a weekly column on world-changing events. A recent article discusses how the Spice Trade brought East and West together.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-07-15 13:51
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered two wine presses dating to the 6th century which are believed to be from a factory which produced holy wine for export to Christians. The presses were found near the 6th century St. Catherine's Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-07-06 18:09
Norwegian archaeologists are abuzz over the discovery of a 9th century Iranian silver dirhem, one of the earliest Middle Eastern coins found in Scandinavia. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-07-05 13:32
Medieval Bursa, near Istanbul, Turkey, became a cultural and economic center of the Ottoman Empire. Today, with it's cobbled streets and bazaars, the city offers tourists a peak into the past. Erik Fearn looks at the city for the Star Online.