Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2007-06-19 17:15
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-05-27 09:42
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-05-26 18:16
Visit Sacred: Discover what we share, an exhibit of sacred texts, is on display at the Pearson Gallery of the British Library. The exhibit runs through September 23, 2007. (Digital books online)
Submitted by Vallawulf on Fri, 2007-05-04 11:14
"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."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-04-10 15:13
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-04-08 07:16
A team of French archaeologists have discovered three towns in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia which they believe are part of the "lost" Islamic kingdom of Shoa. The Muslim stronghold was an important stop on the trade route from the 10th to the 16th centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-03-29 12:57
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-11-15 15:11
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-10-10 09:16
Charles Martel's forces won the Battle of Tours fought on October 10, 732. Gibbon and other traditional historians credit his victory with saving Christian Europe from Muslim domination.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-10-05 09:26
In the process of deposing and replacing the Byzantine emperor Phocas, Heraclius attacked Constantinople with a fleet on October 5, 610 C.E.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-07-17 22:27
Ismail Shah, the ruler who converted Iran from Sunni to Shia Islam, was born on July 17, 1487.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-07-09 12:51
The Library of Congress has published a collection of 355 sheets of Arabic calligraphy from the 9th-19th centuries on its website. The site features digital reproductions of the manuscripts along with background material.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-06-14 10:48
On June 14, 1325, Ibn Batuta left his native Tangier on pilgrimage to Mecca. He was not to return for 29 years.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-05-28 10:28
On May 28, 1291, during the Siege of Acre, the temple of the Knights Templar was destroyed. With it went the crusading Knights' last foothold in the Holy Land.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-05-27 09:26
On May 27, 1218, the first ships of the Fifth Crusade reached Egypt.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-05-15 10:46
On May 15, 756, Abd ar-Rahman was proclaimed Emir of Cordoba, beginning the three-century Umayyad dynasty of Moorish Spain.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-05-07 10:35
On May 7, 558, the dome of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople collapsed after an earthquake.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-04-28 19:05
Christie's withdrew from auction five wooden beams from Cordoba's Great Mosque after questions arose about who rightfully owned them.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-04-26 19:42
Cambridge University has received a grant of nearly half a million pounds to conserve and digitize its Genizah Collection of medieval Arabic and Jewish documents.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Sat, 2006-02-25 10:09
Two scholars discuss a historic flashpoint and its relevance today. Antonia Ryan conducted an e-mail exchange with two scholars of the Crusades -- one who writes about Christian perspectives and one who studies the Muslim experience of these medieval wars.
Submitted by Aoife on Fri, 2006-01-27 08:15
Dame Aoife brings us a veritable galaxy of links this week, concerning astronomy not only as a natural science but also as a medieval navigation and timekeeping aid.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-01-09 09:03
Tom Standage of the Herald Tribune looks at wine snobbery through the ages beginning with the Romans.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-11-13 08:30
An exhibition of imperial Turkish robes and kaftans will be on display at the Smithsonian Institute's Sackler Gallery through January 22, 2006.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Fri, 2005-11-11 14:11
The weekend before Atenveldt and Gleann Abhann’s coronations, the first-ever international exhibition devoted to imperial Turkish robes, or kaftans, dating to the 16th-17th centuries, opened at the Smithsonian Institute’s Sackler Gallery.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2005-11-03 10:03
On November 6-7, 2005, the History Channel will present The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross, a "clear-eyed look at the first three crusades, the battle between the Crescent and the Cross, which still shapes the Middle East and relations between the two great religions in our present day world."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2005-11-01 07:31
Moroccan archaeologists from the National Institute of Archaeological Sciences and Heritage are combing through research discovered during a recent excavation of the Roman city of Thamusida and its medieval layers up to Islamic times.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-05-22 11:14
In a review for the New York Times, Robert D. Kaplan looks at Columbia University professor Mark Mazower's new book Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2005-05-19 19:07
35 skeletons, discovered recently near Lisbon Portugal, are believed to be from one of the largest medieval Muslim burial grounds in Europe.
Submitted by Karen on Mon, 2005-04-04 15:39
"Palace & Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum" is on display through September 4 at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2005-03-30 16:24
The Sunni Waqf Board, a Muslim charitable organization that oversees Muslim graveyards, has laid claim to India's Taj Mahal.