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Chronicling The Life And Culture Of Muslims In Kerala

Several authors – ancient and contemporary – have written about religious communities of Kerala. Historian and researcher J.B.P. More’s soon-to-be-released Muslims of Kerala, published by Kozhikode-based Other Books, chronicles the life and culture of Muslim community in the state, between the eighth and sixteenth centuries. A professor with Ecole INSEEC in Paris, More was born and brought up in Pondicherry. His wife is from Kannur in north Kerala.

More has written books on French colonies of Mahe, Pondicherry, Yanam and Karaikal in India and Muslims in South India. Twenty three per cent of Kerala’s population is Muslims. Traders from West Asia and Middle East Asia came to the Malabar region and settled there. The spice trade and the favourable market conditions helped their growth in the state. Also, compared to Muslims in the other parts of the country, Muslims in Kerala are much better off economically and education wise.

Some of More’s books are Freedom Movement in French India, Religion and Society in South India: Hindus, Muslims and Christians, The Telugus of Yanam and Masulipatnam: From French Rule to integration with India, Muslim Identity, Print Culture and the Dravidian Factor in Tamilnadu, The Political Evolution of the Muslims of Madras and Tamilnadu, 1930 – 1947 and Bagavadam ou Bhagavata Purana. He has authored three French books and a Tamil one as well.

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