Islam in Saigon
A while ago I briefly visited the Central Mosque in Ho Chi Minh City. Suliman, a very welcoming Egyptian, showed me around. I was quite astonished when I learnt that this is just one of in total seventeen mosques the city features. Its location is quite peculiar, perched up against the Sheraton and Caravelle hotels. Somehow I never connected Islam with Vietnam, but I should have realised there is an old link through the presence of the partly Islamic Cham people living in Vietnam and Cambodia.