April 16, 2014
Tripoli, Lebanon.
(Jessica Anatola: From Marrakech to Damascus)

Tripoli, Lebanon.

(Jessica Anatola: From Marrakech to Damascus)

April 16, 2014
ephemeral-elegance:

Collar Necklace, ca. 1900
Mellerio dits Meller
via The Smithsonian

ephemeral-elegance:

Collar Necklace, ca. 1900

Mellerio dits Meller

via The Smithsonian

(via elucubrare)

April 16, 2014
ancestralvoidness:

"A morsel [of food] in the belly of a hungry person is better than building a mosque"

ancestralvoidness:

"A morsel [of food] in the belly of a hungry person is better than building a mosque"

(Source: gazawiya, via arabictypography)

April 16, 2014
New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims

April 15, 2014

seaofuncertaintea:

Gellért Baths — Budapest, Hungary

Inside the thermal baths and a view of the ceilings.

(via elucubrare)

April 15, 2014
Woman carrying eggs, Senegal. (Jessica Anatola)

Woman carrying eggs, Senegal. (Jessica Anatola)

April 15, 2014

booksnbuildings:

This is a farmer’s almanac, made on vellum in 1513, possibly from Scania.

Folded in its cover, it measures 5 x 5 cm, fully expanded it is 63 cm long. It contains pictures of the months, with chores typical for that. In circles next to the pictures, red lines mark the bright hours of the day, black ones dark. In addition, the calendar has an overview of the holidays and saint’s days for the whole year, each one marked with a little figure illustrating the commemorative day; e.g. a lion for the feastday of St. Mark.

It is kept in the National Library of Denmark

April 15, 2014
mediumaevum:

The first mention of Basque whaling was made in 1059, when it was said to have been practiced at the Basque town of Bayonne. The fishery spread to what is now the Spanish Basque Country in 1150, when King Sancho the Wise of Navarre granted petitions for the warehousing of such commodities as whalebone (baleen). At first, they only hunted the whale they called sarda, or the North Atlantic Right Whale, using watchtowers (known as vigias) to look for their distinctive twin vapour spouts. By the 14th century they were making “seasonal trips” to the English Channel and southern Ireland. 
image: Right whale by Michelle

mediumaevum:

The first mention of Basque whaling was made in 1059, when it was said to have been practiced at the Basque town of Bayonne. The fishery spread to what is now the Spanish Basque Country in 1150, when King Sancho the Wise of Navarre granted petitions for the warehousing of such commodities as whalebone (baleen). At first, they only hunted the whale they called sarda, or the North Atlantic Right Whale, using watchtowers (known as vigias) to look for their distinctive twin vapour spouts. By the 14th century they were making “seasonal trips” to the English Channel and southern Ireland. 

image: Right whale by Michelle

April 14, 2014
'Tusk suggests greener, wetter Arabian Desert in the past' - University of Oxford

A joint international research team led by the University of Oxford, in collaboration with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), has discovered a giant tusk in the Arabian Desert.

The two pieces of tusk, which together measure six feet (2.25m) in length, are thought to have belonged to a now extinct genus known as Palaeoloxodon (the so-called ‘straight-tusked’ elephants).

An elephant’s carpal bone located five metres away from the pieces of tusk was also recovered from the same sand layer at an excavation site in the Nefud Desert. The sand layer was dated to around 325,000 years before the present day in recently published work by a Swiss team (Rosenberg et al in 2013), and the Oxford team says this suggests that the elephant remains found there are also about that age.

The research team also discovered other animal remains in the same sand layer, including a big cat, thought to be a now-extinct jaguar, and the remains of a member of the horse family, as well as oryx – antelope species which are still native to the Arabian Peninsula today.

Project leader Professor Mike Petraglia, from the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, said: ‘The discovery of the elephant tusk is significant in demonstrating just how much the climate could have changed in the Arabian Desert. Elephants would need huge quantities of roots, grasses, fruit and bark to survive and they would have consumed plenty of water too.

'Although the sand dunes in the Nefud Desert carry on for miles in the present day, indeed across an area the size of England, around 325,000 years ago it seems the landscape would have been very different.'

The findings were revealed at the Green Arabia conference at Oxford University, at which scientists are examining the latest evidence on how early humans and animals are likely to have been affected by past climate change in the Arabian Peninsula.

April 14, 2014
zolotoivek:

The Bibi-Hanim bazaar, Samarkand, before 1900.

zolotoivek:

The Bibi-Hanim bazaar, Samarkand, before 1900.

(via faimi)

April 14, 2014
fotojournalismus:

A woman reacts as she listens to a fortune telling machine at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on April 2, 2014. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

fotojournalismus:

A woman reacts as she listens to a fortune telling machine at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on April 2, 2014. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

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April 14, 2014
indeslab:

"Shell" Ring by Jart. (Jewelry Art)

indeslab:

"Shell" Ring by Jart. (Jewelry Art)

(via elucubrare)

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April 13, 2014

This has been asked a few times, so PSA:  I make no guarantee that I will translate everything here into English.  This could be:

 - because I can’t do the original text justice

- because I don’t have the time or the energy

 - because I don’t feel like it

It is disappointing to be left out, but you don’t get to be a part of every conversation.   This expectation isn’t unique to English-speakers, but you know your language has a fair amount of dominance when you feel justified in walking up to someone in a public place and asking them to tell you what they’re saying to their friend.  Tumblr is a semi-public place, but the people here still have boundaries, like people anywhere.

If you really want to participate, you may have to learn the language well enough to take part - and even then, you don’t have a place in every single conversation. 

April 13, 2014

Amir Temur Maqbarasi, Go‘ri Amir, The Mausoleum of Tamerlane (x)

Amir Temur Maqbarasi, Go‘ri Amir, The Mausoleum of Tamerlane (x)

(Source: everythingturkic, via ancient-serpent)

April 13, 2014
visitheworld:

Colors along the Nile, Nubia / Egypt (by Ali M.Sabry).

visitheworld:

Colors along the Nile, Nubia / Egypt (by Ali M.Sabry).

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