Saturday, January 2, 2010

Mappilas: The first Muslims of India |

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    • By Kashif-ul-Huda,
    • Mappilas and Malabar enjoyed a peaceful and prosperous lifestyle until the sixteenth century. At this time the Portuguese arrived in India and their piracy on the Indian Ocean disrupted the long established trade routes on the water. This, and the brief rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan created the environment of distrust between the communities which further escalated under the British.
    • Khateebs in Malabar deliver khutba with a sword in hand, this one captured from the Portuguese.
    • Mappilas in north Kerala, who were associated with the agricultural economy, revolted against their Hindu landlords and the British rule. The colonial masters termed the economic revolt "communal violence." Not unlike the Muslims of North India, distrust of the British was responsible for the Malabari Muslims falling behind in education and missing out on new economic opportunities.

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