Between Arabs, Turks and Iranians: The town of Basra, 1600–1700

  title={Between Arabs, Turks and Iranians: The town of Basra, 1600–1700},
  author={Rudi Matthee},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={53 - 78}
  • R. Matthee
  • Published 2006
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
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