Middle Eastern

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

[AET] College of Three Ravens 2008

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The Barony of Thescorre is pleased to announce The College of Three Ravens to be held on February 23, 2008, at the Western Presbyterian Church, 101 East Main Street, Palmyra, NY (phone: 315-597-9171). The hall opens at 9 AM and closes at 9 PM. The site is very dry, non-smoking & all flames must be enclosed. The site is not handicapped accessible.

The College theme for this year is: "Everything Middle Eastern and Asian". We would like to see classes that have a ME or Asian bent to them.View class list here. Location:
Barony of Thescorre (Palmyra, New York)

[MID] Qaina

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The Barony of Brendoken presents Qaina: a Middle-Eastern dance and music event March 29, 2008.

Site: Tadmoor Shrine Center
3000 Krebs Dr.
Akron, Ohio 44319

Time: 11 am - 11 pm.

Activities:

  • Classes
  • Show
  • Dinner
  • Hafla

Fees: $15 in advance for SCA members $18 in advance for non-SCA members $17 at the door for SCA members $20 at the door for non-SCA members Location:
Barony of Brendoken (Akron, Ohio)

Islamic calligraphy at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas) will host Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900 and Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur´an through February 3, 2008.

Errant Knight Jewellery

Errant Knight offers stunning hand-made authentic artefact replicas including court belts, sword and armour belts and jewelry. All items are thoroughly researched to ensure historical accuracy.

Was Leonardo da Vinci an Arab?

Based on a single fingerprint preserved in one of his paintings, scientists have speculated on the ethnicity of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci and believe he may have had Arabic heritage.

Medieval Islamic cookbook available

A new cookbook, Medieval Cuisine Of The Islamic World: A Concise History With 174 Recipes by: Zaouali, Lilia; Translated by M.B. DeBevoise, has been published by the University Of California Press.

[MER] Saltare 2008

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Come dance the night away with the Shire of Loch Cairn as it hosts Saltare! There will be classes all day and dancing all night! Other activities include a Midde Eastern Hafla, various contests, Hors D'heuvres during the evening and more!

Henry Horton State Park
4358 Nashville Hwy
Chapel Hill, TN.

Accomadations are available at Park Inn located at Henry Horton State Park. There are 72 rooms including 4 suites with kitchenettes. Each unit has 2 double beds. All rooms are carpeted, air-conditioned, and equipped with TV's and phones. For reservations call 1-866-836-6757, ask for the SCA, reservation code 1840, we have a block of rooms reserved at a special rate but the rooms will be released on December 1, 2007 so reserve NOW! Location:
Shire of Loch Cairn (Chapel Hill, Tennessee)

"History of Holidays" on the History Channel website

The History Channel has created a website with interactive links covering the history of all the major holidays on the calendar.

Download hi-res research photos from the Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London now allows you to browse and download high-resolution photos of their collections for free.

Quran from 1203 Sells at Christie's

A Quran, believed to be the oldest complete copy, circa 1203 C.E., was offered for sale through the Hispanic Society of America and sold to traders in London.

Freer Gallery of Art celebrates Rumi anniversary

The Freer Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the birth of Sufi poet Mevlana Jalal-ad-Din Rumi with a special presentation on October 27, 2007: Poetry in Song: Rumi's Mystical Journey.

[ANS] Samhain XXVII and Investiture

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Their Excellencies, Michel mac Donnchaid and Elayne MacDuncan, of Eldern Hills cordially invite all to join in the revelry and remembrance of the Samhain celebration and Eldern Investiture.

This event will host a number of Celtic games and fun chivalric challenges as well as the Kingdom Middle Eastern Dance Competition. The Barony of the Eldern Hills is also anticipating the tourneys which will determine our newest Knife, Axe, and Spear Champion, Location:
Barony of Eldern Hills

Sotheby's to host auction of Islamic art

On October 24, 2007, Sotheby's Auction House will hold an auction of Islamic art, carpets, textiles and more, many items dating to the Middle Ages. (photos)

13th century Persian poet still inspires

The poetic and the spiritual alike are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the birth of Sufi poet Rumi who "still inspires with his works evoking ecstasy and the divine." Poet Robert Bly reads from his translation of Rumi's works for NPR's Morning Edition.

[WES] Mists Fall Investiture

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Come witness the investiture of the new Prince and Princess of the Mists! Investiture will be followed by a 16th C. Ottoman feast cooked by Urtatim bint 'abd al-Karim al-hakam al-Fassi. Come enjoy dishes eaten by the Sultans, including a tangy meat ball soup, chicken with fruit, lamb with herbs, Turkish "ravioli", several colors of rice, bulgar wheat with chestnuts, and an array of sweets.

Site Information Location:
Principality of the Mists (Sebastopol California)

Photos from Red Tower

Rukiyah al-Zarqa has published an album of photos from the recent Red Tower event which took place September 21-23, 2007 in the Barony of the South Downs, Kingdom of Meridies.

14th century Christian necropolis found in Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered 15 tombs dating to the 14th century near a medieval fortress in Kardzhali, Bulgaria. Experts believe the graces may have been from defenders of the rock sanctuary of Perperikon which fell under siege by the Turkish emir Orhan in 1362.

Mid East Feast photos

Hanim Ari Usni has posted photos from the recent Mid East Feast which took place in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

3,000 year old beehives found in the Middle East

Archaeologists excavating the ruins of the city of Rehov, in northern Israel, have found thirty intact beehives and other apicultural artifacts dating to approximately 900 B.C.E.

Mideast Feast videos online

Grainne the Red has posted a series of videos from the recent Mideast Feast in the Kingdom of Atenveldt on YouTube.

Evening with the Sultan of Malwa

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Their Excellencies Carrick and Katherina of Caer Galen invite you to join them as they visit the Sultan of Malwa, Nasir ud Din, in his capital city of Mandu, often called Shadiabad, the City of Joy for a day of exciting events and fabulous food.

The year is 1505 AD, and the city of Mandu is renowned through out India as a place of learning, beauty and art. The famed book Ni’matnama “The Sultan’s Book of Location:
Barony of Caer Galen (Longmont, Colorado)

Footprint in time

The footprint of a hobnailed sandal has caused quite a stir since it was discovered during work at the Roman city of Sussita, east of Lake Kinneret in Israel.

"Exquisitely carved" statue of Hadrian found in Turkey

A large statue of the Roman emperor Hadrian has been discovered by archaeologists from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) in Sagalassos, an ancient Greco-Roman city in south-central Turkey. (photos)

5th century Byzantine church found in Israel

A team of Israeli archaeologists working on a site near the city of Tiberias have discovered an ancient Byzantine church believed to date from the 5th century.

Byzantine mosaic found in Israel

An elaborately-decorated mosaic floor dating to the 6th century has been discovered near the Israeli city of Palmahim. The floor is thought to have belonged to the dining area of a Byzantine villa.

All Things Middle Eastern/Knights Gambit

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Welcome one and all for ALL the fighting you can stand! Fight those elusive Knights you've heard about but haven't met. Show them how well you handle your sword, and learn well how to take a hit. Armor inspection starts at 8:45 am and ends at 9:45 am sharp. There will be a squire and men-at-arms list, double elimination. LIST STARTS AT 10:15

Afterwards there will be a training session with the Knights and fighters- one on one until you are too tired to do anything but sit down to a good feast and relax. Speaking of feasts...come enjoy a fighters meal! With enough grub to give you a belly full! Location:
Shire of Brantestone (Mckenzie, Alabama)

Secrets of Assassins' fort unearthed in Syria

Nestled at the foot of Syria's coastal mountains, an ancient citadel has been put on the tourist map by restoration and excavation that revealed mysteries of the medieval Assassins sect that was once based there.

Hafla Videos from Outlands "Glory" Event

Lady Jinan has posted videos from the hafla held at the recent "Glory" event in Outlands.

"The Arts of Islam" on display in Sydney

Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia will present The Arts of Islam: Treasures from the Nasser D. Khalili Collection June 22-September 23, 2007.

Russian participants to re-enact battle for Constantinople

Re-enactors in Russia are preparing an elaborate re-enactment of the 1453 battle for Constantinople, in which it was conquered by the Ottoman Turks.