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Faisal Husain

Assistant Professor of History

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  1. PhD, Georgetown University, 2018
  2. MA, Yale University, 2012
  3. BS, Pennsylvania State University, 2010


Faisal Husain is a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire (c. 1450-1800), with a focus on the Ottoman provinces of southeastern Anatolia and Iraq and their natural environment. His current book project, Water and Power in the Ottoman Tigris-Euphrates Basin, examines the establishment of a unified imperial regime over the Tigris and Euphrates in the sixteenth century and the consequences of this political transition on the Ottoman state, provincial settlements, and the environment. Husain has a background in historical climatology. In two workshops at Princeton University in 2015 and 2016, he learned to work with the evidence trees and pollen grains provide for historical climate variability. He currently serves on the editorial board of Global Environment.

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World War II and The Middle East, A Symposium Marking the 80th Anniversary of the Outbreak of WWII

On the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII, we would like to invite the Penn State community to think about the war from a non-Western perspective. WWII has been studied and discussed mostly through the prism of the European and Pacific theatres, however, its significance as a global event becomes more evident when we look at the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, regions where the legacy of the war molded many of the developments that shaped those societies until these days. 

Faculty, students, and members of the Penn State and State College community are invited to participate in this two-day symposium. Admission is free. 

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