POPULATION 50 million
CAPITAL Nairobi
LANGUAGE Swahili; English
CURRENCY Kenyan Shilling
TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +3

Muslim traders arrived on the Swahili Coast during the eighth century with established trade links. Intermarriages saw the Swahili people, reverting to Islam and further spread through their culture, and doctrines. Despite resistance toward Islam by the majority of communities living in the interior, Islam continued to spread across the nation. However, Islam on the Swahili Coast was different from the rest of the continent. Unlike West Africa where Islam was integrated to the local communities, the local Islam was ‘foreign’; the Arab-Muslims lived as if they were in the Middle East.

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