* Note: The resources on Baghdad collected in the RAA Project so far tend to focus on musical activities there. The broader social and economic characteristics of Baghdadi society can be traced in the discussions of these music-centred settings, but more research is needed to collect materials that give a fuller picture of Baghdad at the time when the man from Mapungubwe would have arrived there.
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