Soqotra: South Arabia's Strategic Gateway and Symbolic Playground

  title={Soqotra: South Arabia's Strategic Gateway and Symbolic Playground},
  author={Serge D. Elie},
  journal={British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies},
  pages={131 - 160}
  • Serge D. Elie
  • Published 1 November 2006
  • History
  • British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
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