I have arrived in the first of the cities in which I plan to spend time in, Mogadishu. This is one of the most important cities on the East African coast and one of the most involved in trade in the world. Mogadishu is situated directly on the coast of Africa, and relatively far North for a Swahili City-State. It is located in an area which allows it to trade fairly easily throughout the Indian Ocean trade routes. Cities in India, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and China can all be reached by sea from this city. From what I can tell now, the culture here is similar here to Baghdad's. The population is predominantly Muslim and kept afloat by the work of slave labor. We visited Fakr ad-in Mosque which was built only six years prior to this visit. It is the first mosque in the city and has two domes.