By Ronnie Ellenblum

As a 'Medieval hot interval' prevailed in Western Europe throughout the 10th and 11th centuries, the jap Mediterranean sector, from the Nile to the Oxus, was once being affected by a chain of climatic failures which ended in the decline of a few of crucial civilisations and cultural centres of the time. This provocative examine argues that many well-documented yet it sounds as if disparate occasions - akin to recurrent drought and famine in Egypt, mass migrations within the steppes of significant Asia, and the decline in inhabitants in city centres comparable to Baghdad and Constantinople - are attached and may be understood in the large context of weather switch. Drawing on a wealth of textual and archaeological facts, Ronnie Ellenblum explores the impression of climatic and ecological swap around the jap Mediterranean during this interval, to supply a brand new standpoint on why this used to be a turning aspect within the background of the Islamic world.

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