10 Facts About Mappila


In general, a Mappila is either a descendant of any native convert to Islam or a mixed descendant of any Middle EasternArab or Persian — individual.

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Mappila community originated primarily as a result of the West Asian contacts with Kerala, which was fundamentally based upon commerce .

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Mappila Muslims are but one among the many communities that form the Muslim population of Kerala.

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Between 16th and 20th centuries, the collective Mappila numbers increased rapidly in Malabar District, chiefly by the conversion among the lower and 'outcaste' Hindu groups of the South Malabar interior.

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Mappila's grave is believed to be located on the island of Andrott.

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Interaction between the Portuguese private traders and Mappila merchants continued to be tolerated by the Portuguese state.

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The Mappila community is considered as section of Indian Muslims marked by recovery, change and positive involvement in the modern world.

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Mappila women are now not reluctant to join professional vocations and assuming leadership roles.

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Mappila songs have a distinct cultural identity, as they sound a mix of the ethos and culture of Dravidian South India as well as West Asia.

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Mappila cuisine is a blend of traditional Kerala, Persian, Yemenese and Arab food culture.

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