(7,069 words)

شطّ العرب

[return to Geographical Dictionary terms]

The largest, or, if small native sailing vessels be excluded from consideration, the only navigable river that enters the Persian Gulf; it carries the whole drainage of Turkish 'Irāq and a large part of that of Persian 'Arabistān as well.

Course and general characteristics.—The Shatt-al-'Arab is formed by the confluence at Qūrnah Village of the Tigris and the Euphrates ; in winter the swift brown Tigris and the feeble transparent Euphrates , the latter strained of its sediment in a journey of many days through marshes, p…

Cite this page
“'ARAB (SHATT-AL-)”, in: Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia Online, Edited by: Brill. Consulted online on 22 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2405-447X_loro_COM_040045>
First published online: 2015

▲   Back to top   ▲