New Research Muslim Conquest Wasn't Behind Negev Towns' Collapse 1,300 Years Ago. It Was Something Else

Conventional wisdom challenged: Turns out the exodus began a century before conquest, and for different reasons

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Once upon a time, the Negev Desert had actually been very populous. Towns sprouted and grew by the oases, agriculture flourished and a major city even arose, the mysterious Elusa. In the Byzantine period of...