Oral Historiography and the Shirazi of the East African Coast

@article{Pouwels1984OralHA,
  title={Oral Historiography and the Shirazi of the East African Coast},
  author={Randall Lee Pouwels},
  journal={History in Africa},
  year={1984},
  volume={11},
  pages={237 - 267}
}
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