What Turkish, Arabic and Persian historical records say about Melaka

The Portuguese-built fort of Porta De Santiago (A Famosa) is one of the oldest surviving European architectural remains in the whole of Asia.

Melaka could have become part of the Ottoman Turkish empire. The Arabs may have thought that the town was “not Islamic” enough.

And a (possibly) Jewish official who once worked for the Portuguese in Melaka revealed – while writing in Persian – how badly they governed the place.

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