Middle Eastern

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

8th century Islamic vase links Japan to the Silk Road

Researchers in Nara, Japan are excited by the discovery of shards from an Islamic vase dating to the 8th century at the former location of the Heijokyo palace.

[ATL] Post Pennsic: One More Night at the Casbah

The Barony of Storvik, jewel of Atlantia, invites you to join them for a day of Eastern Arts, fun, and frivolity at their Post Pennsic Dessert Revel, or, One More Night at the Casbah.

Ageless Artifice

This company sells body care products (salves, powders, etc.) made from original historical recipes and packaged in reproduction containers. Each item comes with the original recipe.

North American Frame Drum Association to hold workshop in October

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.

[MER] All Things Middle Eastern XI

Shire Brantestone Proudly Presents All Things Middle Eastern XI June 12th thru June 14th, 2009 Camp Meadowbrook, 2344 County Rd 747 Cullman, Alabama 35058

[ART] Dragons Tear XXV

Once again it is time for our Shire Heavy Championship at Dragons Tear. But before any can say it is just another event, please keep in mind that this year’s event will mark Dragon Tear’s Silver Anniversary. In keeping with past tradition, our meal package will include a Friday evening soup kitchen, a wonderful breakfast with a refreshing lunch on Saturday followed by our delectable feast that will be outlined below. On Sunday morning, we will have food set out for those who want to forge for a bite before breaking camp.

Tulips brought to Europe by the Turks

New research by experts at the University of Cordoba and the School of Arabic Studies seems to indicate that the first tulips in Europe were brought to Islamic Spain by way of Byzantium. The bulbs could then have been brought to Holland, where they became the country's symbol.

Peacock and pomegranates subject of Byzantine painting

An archaeological team working near Salqin, Syria have discovered a large painting dating to the Byzantine era. The work depicts a large peacock (a symbol of the early church), two pomegranates, a small bird and olive trees. (photo)

NAFDA West

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.

[ART] Middle Eastern War

Join us among the fantastic red rocks of Southern Utah as we celebrate the Medieval Middle East.

Crusader castle project could prove value of new technologies

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.

Persian pottery shard inscribed with Rubaiyat found in Jerusalem

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)

Display of artifacts from Shah Abbas I at British Museum

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.

[MID] Qaina

Qaina, A Middle Eastern Dance and Music Event that includes classes, a show, dinner, and a hafla sponsored by the Barony of Brendoken.

[MID] Freezing our Haflas Off

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.

Bookworms damage books in Knights of Malta archives

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.

Chemical warfare in Roman times

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.

Re-created Israeli village teaches history to children

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.

Byzantine bathhouse found in Israel

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)

Islamic grafitti may help solve Qur'an mystery

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?

6th century Sleeping Buddha escaped "wrath of the Taliban"

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.

Byzantine floor may have graced church in Jerusalem

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.

5th century church discovered in Syria

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.

Road to Alexandria photos online

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.

Athletic traditions of Istanbul

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.

[OUT] Diplomazia dal Ballo

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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)

Dead Sea Scrolls come to the ROM in 2009

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.

Eighth-century minaret discovered in Iran

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.

[ANS] Tournament at the Oasis of the Crimson Sands

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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. Location:
Barony of Bryn Gwlad (Austin, Texas)

11th C Fatimid Rock Crystal auction after misidentification

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)