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Stonetown minaret

Stonetown minaret

Stonetown, Zanzibar

None of the minarets in Zanzibar are alike - different Islamic schools and sects abounded from the beginning; Ibadis from Oman, Shafis from Hadhramut, Ismailis from India - but port cities are always more open than cities of the interior and their people have always been more tolerant. This is still much in evidence in Zanzibar.