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Basra since the Mongol conquest
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From the perspective of the Īlkhānids, who seized Iraq in 656/1258, Basra was peripheral. In the mid-eighth/fourteenth century, Ibn Baṭṭūṭa (d. 770/1368–9 or 779/1377) found the city largely in ruins, its canals deteriorating. Basra was already moving towards its modern location at al-ʿUbulla. By the early tenth/sixteenth century, the move was complete and the city began an important period in its history. Basra was of strategic significance in the tenth/sixteenth and eleventh/seventeenth centuries because…

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Longrigg, Steven Helmsley and Lang, Katherine H., “Basra since the Mongol conquest”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 01 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23813>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 9789004282100, 2015, 2015-1

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