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Faisal Husain

Assistant Professor of History

413 Weaver
University Park , PA 16802


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


I am an environmental historian of the Ottoman Empire, with a geographical focus on its eastern provinces in Anatolia and Iraq. My first book, Rivers of the Sultan, examined the role of the Tigris and Euphrates in the establishment of Ottoman state institutions within the drainage basin between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. My second book project is an environmental history of Ottoman frontier expansion east of the Euphrates during the sixteenth century. I teach courses on global environmental history, Ottoman history, the Silk Road, and the comparative history of early modern Muslim empires. I serve on the editorial board of Marmara Türkiyat Araştırmaları Dergisi, a Turcology journal based in Istanbul, and Global Environment, an environmental history journal based in Italy.


“Sediment of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers: An Early Modern Perspective,” Water History 13, no. 1 (2021): 13-32.

Rivers of the Sultan: The Tigris and Euphrates in the Ottoman Empire (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021).

“Changes in the Euphrates River: Ecology and Politics in a Rural Ottoman Periphery, 1687-1702,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 47, no. 1 (Summer 2016): 1-25.

“In the Bellies of the Marshes: Water and Power in the Countryside of Ottoman Baghdad,” Environmental History 19, no. 4 (2014): 638-664.

Awards and Services:

Residential Fellow, The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, 2019-2020

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2017-2018

Ömer Lütfi Barkan Prize for Best Article in Turkish and Ottoman Studies, 2017

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 2016-2017

Dissertation Writing Grant, The Institute of Turkish Studies, 2016-2017

Leopold-Hidy Prize for Best Article in Environmental History, 2014