[Sca-cooks] Middle Eastern Food

Jim and Andi jimandandi at cox.net
Fri Jan 15 18:33:04 PST 2010

Couldn't the argument be made that Persia is not "Middle Eastern"? The
food is quite different, the religion is different, the languages are
different, even the iconography is different... 

I have always referred to Persia and central Asia as "Near Eastern"
specifically to distinguish it from "Middle Eastern" which to me denotes
Arabic-speaking and Arab-centric cultures.

Granted, this may be to underscore my irritation with people describing
the food, garb, dance, and music of India as "middle eastern", a common
mistake in the SCA which aggravates me to no end.


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>>and Afghanistan and Pakistan get added.
> Yeah, well... Afghanistan makes sense, since it was an important
center of 
> Persian culture and arts as part of the Persian Empire. Herat, for 
> example, was home to a particularly important school of Persian
> painting.
> Pakistan... well, its relationship is less clear. It might be better 
> connected to Muslim Mughal India, which is strongly Persian
> but also strongly influenced by local South Asian non-Muslim cultures.
> -- 
> Urtatim [that's err-tah-TEEM]
> the persona formerly known as Anahita

I think Pakistan gets added to the Middle East culturally because Iran 
conquered Afghanistan under the Timurids (losing it in the early 18th 
Century).  Babur, who was the last of the Timurids, invaded Northern
from Afghanistan and founded the Mughal dynasty.  The direct cultural 
influence in Pakistan is from Persia.


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