Embedding Conquest

This is a great set of resources and analysis from the ongoing Embedding Conquest: Naturalising Muslim Rule in the Early Islamic Empire (600-1000) led by an interdisciplinary research team led by Petra Sijpesteijn at Leiden University. The research continues to offer a great deal in the way of diverse documents and perspectives on the first … Continue reading Embedding Conquest

The Hand of God: The Hittite Plague

Humans have dealt with epidemics and mass mortality events caused by viral, bacterial, and fungal agents long before the rise of the first cities around the 8th millennium B.C.E. From ancient texts we glean details of some significant disease incidents. Already in the second millennium B.C.E. Egyptian sources report a rapidly spreading disease around Byblos (in … Continue reading The Hand of God: The Hittite Plague