Middle Eastern

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

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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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)

Terpsichore at the Tower XIII

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Terpsichore sings! Come dance, while she sings. Terpsichore sings! Feel the flow of the music while Terpsichore sings.

Dance with us while the Muse sings.

http://www.cynnabar.org/terpsichore Location:
Barony of Cynnabar

Undead Mummies Endangered by Modern Crowding

The Onion reports on factors diminishing the numbers of walking mummies traditionally found among Egyptian tombs.

Amsterdam Exhibit Recreates Ottoman Bazaar

A medieval church in Amsterdam is housing a walk-though exhibition that captures "all facets of daily life in Istanbul between the 15th and 20th century."

A Day in the Middle East

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We invite you to spend a day in the medieval Middle East. This year we will also be treated to the presence of their Majesties in full Turkish regalia as they invest our new Baron and Baroness. There will, of course, be the usual drumming, dancing, and enough fabulous food & drink to keep all attendees energized throughout the day.

Where: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Mechanicsville, MD Location:
Barony of Dun Carraig (Mechanicsville, Maryland)

Carenza's Caravan Brings Middle Eastern Dance to Muncie, Indiana

When Carenza bint Asya (Diana Eckart) became involved with the SCA, she was given the choice of pursuing a Viking persona or that of a belly dancer. She chose the dancer. Now, six years later, she owns a dance studio and heads a troupe of dancers. Thomas Fraley of the Ball State Daily News has the story.

Turkish Archaeologist Not Anti-Islam, Court Finds

Muazzez Ilmiye Cig's research into ancient Sumer led her to the conclusion that headscarves were worn in that culture's sexual rites. But when she made this claim in her book, the 92-year-old archaeologist found herself in court accused of insulting Muslim women.

Turkish Journey Yields Great Research Photos

Lady Isabelle in the Kingdom of Meridies recently traveled to Turkey and shares photos from her visit online.

Da Vinci's Mom May have been Middle Eastern

Analysis of a fingerprint left by Leonardo Da Vinci suggests the prototypical Renaissance man may have been the son of a Middle East-born slave woman.

Viking Era Coins found on Isle of Gotland

On the Swedish Isle of Gotland, Edvin and Arvid Sandborg were helping a neighbor with his garden when they began to dig up old coins, one of them a 1,100 year-old arabic coin.

A Thousand and Two Nights, the Barony of Bright Hills was a Middle Eastern Dream!

Lady Martelle von Charlottenburg reports on "A Thousand and Two Nights", a Middle Eastern themed event held annually in the Barony of Bright Hills in Atlantia.

Artemisia Resident "One-woman Whirlwind"

According to Shelby (Montana) Promoter reporter Barbara Simonetti, Adrienne Cotterell is a "one-woman whirlwind" who teaches belly dancing, helps organize local SCA activities and works as a manicurist at the Corner Beauty Shop. Her teaching of belly dancing has won her a devoted following.

War 2, Archaeology 0

Recent bombing and a resulting oil spill in Lebanon have damaged two World Heritage sites, says an inspection team from UNESCO. Roman remains at Tyre and a medieval tower at Byblos are in urgent need of repair.

Happy New Year 5787!

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, last week brought us into Anno Mundi (Year of the World) 5787. But Jews have only figured the calendar from the Creation since the 9th century C.E.

Weaving Art Museum has History of Carpets

The Weaving Art Museum, which features exhibitions of historic carpets, has a website with a wealth of information on the weaving of carpets throughout history with an emphasis on those of the Middle East.