The Hunger Claims

If we want proof of how extreme weather conditions can effect political change, Prof. Ronnie Ellenblum says we just need to look to the Mediterranean Basin a thousand or so years ago.

Nothing like it had been seen in Egypt for centuries. “The city is paralyzed, there are no buyers and no sellers,” an 11th-century Jewish merchant wrote describing Fustat, near Cairo. “All eyes are on the Nile. May God in his mercy raise the river waters.”