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26 07, 2017

Religion of Islam

By |2019-09-30T05:35:33-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Religion|0 Comments

Tomb of Ali, the first Imam and the fourth caliph, in Iraq (it was rebuilt about 1500 AD by the Safavids) Where did Islam come from? Medieval Islam was closely related to Judaism and Christianity. Like Jews and Christians, Muslims - people who followed Islam - believed that there was only one God. They called this [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic food – Oranges and sugar

By |2019-10-02T05:35:29-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Food, Islam|1 Comment

Orange tree: medieval Islamic food included new sweet oranges What did medieval people eat? Around the Mediterranean, people continued in the Islamic period to rely on the three main foods from antiquity. Those were wheat (mostly bread), olive oil, and wine. Where does wheat come from? Wine and wine-making History of tea World history of food All our [...]

14 06, 2017

Ancient Egyptian Food – Eating and drinking in ancient Egypt

By |2019-09-10T06:44:40-07:00June 14th, 2017|Egypt|24 Comments

Ancient Egyptian food: Actual bread from Egypt's New Kingdom (Vatican Museum, Rome) Ancient Egyptian food: from both Africa and West Asia Because Egypt is in Africa, but very close to West Asia, what people ate in ancient Egypt was midway between African and West Asian food. Wheat, barley, and olive oil all originally came [...]

12 06, 2017

History of pigs, pork, and bacon

By |2019-08-05T19:19:38-07:00June 12th, 2017|Economy, Food|0 Comments

History of pigs: A wild boar Where do pigs come from? The first pigs evolved in Southeast Asia from earlier, smaller mammals, about two million years ago, and spread out from there all over Eurasia and Africa. The Quaternary period Central Asian food history Wild pigs live in forests, especially where there are [...]