Middle Eastern

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

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

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.

Journey Down the Silk Road

This is a day where the folks from the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, (http://www.sca.org) and the folks from the local Middle Eastern style dance and music community can come together and share a day of fun in the sun!!

Saturday, June 16, 2007
2:00 PM

The Oxford's Farm
747 Verdant Lawn Ln
Charlottesville, VA, 22901 view map Location:
Shire of Isenfir (Charlottesville, Virginia)

Interview with historian Natalie Zemon Davis

Medievalists.net features an interview with Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis, Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton University, who currently teaches at the University of Toronto. Davis is the author of nine books and more than 80 articles, "many of which focus on the social and cultural history of 16th century France.

Amazing medieval tent

Members of House Greydragon share images taken at the Bavarian Army Museum in Ingolstadt, Germany in 2003 including an amazing medieval tent and armor.

Tomb of King Herod found

For several decades, Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer has been looking for the tomb of King Herod. Now he believes he has found it at Herodium, a flattened hilltop in the Judean Desert.

"Venice and the Islamic World" at the Met

What inspired Renaissance artists? According to a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was the Islamic world. Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 showcases works that borrowed from the eastern traditions. Blake Gopnik of the Washington Post has the story.

Gladiators' graveyard discovered

Scientists believe they have, for the first time, identified an ancient graveyard for gladiators. Analysis of the remains, found in Ephesus (in present-day Turkey), gives new insight into how they lived, fought, and died.

Scholar Examines Muhammed, Islam

"When the prophet Muhammad died in 632, a tempest of political intrigue and deceit blew over Islam, transforming it forever. In this fast-paced and compelling tale, travel writer Rogerson (author of The Prophet Mohammad) conducts us on a fascinating journey back to seventh-century Medina and the various schemes that led to the division of Islam into Shia and Sunni factions."

Raj Tents

Based in India, Raj Tents manufactures elaborately-decorated pergolas, pavilions, tents, and other shelters in sizes up to 34x40 feet (10.3x12.2 meters). They offer rectangular and octagonal shelters of canvas, as well as cloth liners that can be used to dress up modern vinyl tents. The company also offers a selection of furnishings, accessories, and lighting fixtures in an Indian or Middle Eastern style.

Loreena McKennitt begins world tour

Canadian folk singer Loreena McKennit, best known for her ethereal mix of Celtic and Middle Eastern themes, began the North American leg of her world tour April 15 with concerts in Toronto. The tour began in Europe in March and will continue throughout North America until late May.

Art Institute of Chicago offers Islamic ceramics exhibit

From March 31 until October 28, 2007, the Art Institute of Chicago will present Perpetual Glory: Medieval Islamic Ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection, a collection of medieval Islamic ceramics dating from the 9th-15th centuries.

Turkey Restores Ancient Armenian Church as Show of Goodwill

Akdamar Church, also called the Church of Surp Khach, or Holy Cross, an Armenian structure dating back to 921 C.E., is being restored in a US$1.5 million project being undertaken by Turkey as a step towards improving relationships between the two neighboring countries.

Spain's Alhambra palace subject of Freer Gallery lecture

On Saturday April 7, 2007, Oxford University scholar Jeremy Johns will present a lecture on the Alhambra, the "best preserved palace of the medieval Islamic world," in the Meyer Auditorium of the Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Muslim tiles herald early mathematical breakthroughs

A new study of Islamic tile art indicates that the designers had made stunning breakthroughs in mathematics. The quasicrystalline designs, produced in the 15th century, were not created until 500 years later in the western world.

Middle Eastern Potluck and Dance Party

Greetings! Please join me in Dragonsspine on Saturday, February 24th 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 dance and drum to your hearts content.

There is no site fee but please bring food to share for the potluck feast (Middle Eastern / Mediterranean food is suggested, but any and all fare is Location:
Barony of Dragonsspine (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

"Filum Aureum" offers articles on Islamic knitting

The Winter 2006 issue of Filum Aureum, the newsletter for the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild, is devoted to the study of Islamic knitting.

Middle Eastern University in Philadelphia: Call for Teachers

Mistress Deonora Ridenow is seeking instructors for the upcoming East Kingdom Middle Eastern University to be held March 3, 2007 in Philadelphia.

Pink city of Petra hopes to become 7th Wonder

Jordanians are hoping that their prized ancient city of Petra will be chosen as one of the 7 Wonders of the World on July 7, 2007. Rediscovered in the 19th century, the city, built by the Nabateans, was last inhabited in the 8th century CE.

8th century ship found in Mediterranean Sea

An 8th century shipwreck, discovered off the coast of Dor, Israel in the Mediterranean Sea, is believed to be the only existing ship of its kind. Discovered over a decade ago, the wreck has been the subject of intensive study and carbon dating.

Spring Hafla

Join us for a day of Music and Dancing! Classes on ME Dance, History & Garb will be held from Noon to 6 pm. The feast will be buffet style of Middle Eastern delights open from 6 – 8 pm. A dance exposition is planned for the dinner hours with an open hafla from 8 –10:30 pm. Live music will be provided for the open hafla. Musicians always welcome.

Lion's Lodge
641 Silver Lake Avenue Location:
Barony of Brendoken (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)

Freezing Our Haffla Off!

The Barony of White Waters invites you away from the heat of the desert to: Freezing Our Haffla Off! Saturday March 10, 2007

Site opens at 9am closes 9pm

Central Christian Church
418 W. Franklin St.
Elkhart, IN 46516

NOTE: Site has no elevator, classes upstairs, common/dancing downstairs.

If you are interested in TEACHING, please contact lady Zafirah (Sarah Neverly) at sarah_neverly@netzero.net. Location:
Barony of White Waters (Elkhart, Indiana)

Winter Oasis

First, this is THE Middle Eastern/belly- dancing/all you can eat/all you can dance/all you can drum wonderful event that is one of the cornerstones of Unser Hafen! We have classes in beginning belly dance, Asian-infused belly dance, and a multi-hour Hafla! We will also have wonderful classes such as Middle Eastern Personas, Turban Wrapping, Arabic Alphabet, and the art of Henna! Or, if you just want to eat and eat and eat and eat and eat...you are definitely in luck! Bring your feast gear, because we will have a glorious feast consisting of lamb, meat wrapped in pastry, pilaf, couscous, a flatbread bar, haroset, an immense array of vegetable delicacies including carrot tzimmes, stuffed dates, baklava and ...? And if this inspires you to try your hand at cooking, we have a class on the Culinary Quest of the Middle East. If you've already been inspired to whip up a delicacy, we will greatly appreciate anything you wish to pass. (We do request that you bring an ingredients card with your dish, so people with allergies do not put themselves in harms way.) You may also wish to note that this is a wet site for those above the age of 21, so please feel free to bring anything that you have made! Location:
Barony of Unser Hafen (Fort Collins, Colorado)

Third Annual SCA Dance Workshop

The Shire of Cathanar invites you to a day of dancing, both traditional Medieval Country Dance and Middle Eastern Dance.

The Workshop will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship Hall in New Bern, NC, beginning at 10 AM and running until 5 PM. Instruction will be tailored to the skill level of the participants, so don't be shy if you've never done this before. If you're an old hand at it, not only can we use your experience to help others along, but we also plan to include more advanced dances in the afternoon session. If you're a drummer, feel free to bring your drum and help with the music for the Middle Eastern dancers. Location:
Shire of Cathanar (New Bern, North Carolina)

Quintavian Hafla

Greetings from the Shire of Quintavia, we once again open our doors for our Hafla Celebration. We invite you to bring your rugs, pillows, dancing shoes, musical instruments, a warm smile, and join us for an evening, day, and evening in the middle east. Come, dance, sing, tell stories, rest, recline, eat, talk with friends, make new ones, and just enjoy yourself. So pack up your dance belts, rugs and musical instruments and journey to Quintavia for a relaxing day of relaxing, laughing, singing, stories and music. Middle Eastern and Indian style Dancing, Drumming, and Jamming. Come to dance and drum, or just to hang out, socialize, and watch! Location:
Shire of Quintavia (Millbury, Massachusetts)