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Droughts, political unrest in 6th century Arabia signify societal threat of extreme weather

June 28, 2022 ・ University of Basel

The Arabian Peninsula experienced extreme dry conditions in the 6th century CE that — combined with political unrest and war — destabilized the region’s ruling power and ushered in nearly a century of upheaval and conflicts that reshaped the Middle…

Historians to climate researchers: “Let’s talk”

March 19, 2018 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

History – and historians – can tell us a lot about how societies handle environmental upheaval.

PEI Faculty Seminar Series Video: Goldilocks in Byzantium – Did More Rain Help a Struggling Empire Survive the Arab-Islamic conquest?

March 8, 2016 ・ Igor Heifetz

John Haldon, Shelby Cullom Davis ’30 Professor of European History. Professor of History and Hellenic Studies. Director, Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies. The eastern Roman empire was the largest state in western Eurasia in…

Drilling Down: Trees Offer Clues to Past Climate

October 15, 2015 ・ Igor Heifetz

15 graduate students, researchers and junior faculty, guided by instructors participated in the new workshop offered by PIIRS.