Showing posts from August, 2006

Yasoo3 ya ibn Allah!

Shookran Taree2 Yasoo3! Amin! Al Ma7ee! Here is a great song (tarneema) by (Rogé [Roger] Bahu) : Ya Yasou ya ibn Allah Download the full recording -> or hear streaming audio ->

Full Moon Cut (Engetsu-giri)

"You will die... the time my sword completes the circle." From the Hagakure Kikigaki: "It is a principle of the art of war that one should simply lay down his life and strike. If one's opponent also does the same, it is an even match. Defeating one's opponent is then a matter of faith and destiny." Engetsu-giri is one of my favorite chambara film series. The series follows the travels of Kyoshiro Nemuri, a ronin who lives by his sword and wits.

The Real History of the Crusades

The Real History of the Crusades By Thomas F. Madden April 1, 2002 With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant. As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to get the real scoop. What were the Crusades?, they asked. When were they? Just how insensitive was President George W. Bush for using the word "crusade" in his remarks? With a few of my callers I had the distinct impression that they already knew the answers to their questio