A Malabar mosque Year: 1901-1920 Photographer : Unknown Source : University of Southern California Digital Library

The Arabs had been trading with India long before the portughese arrived. They were known for their “Dhows” which were very sturdy . It was the Arabs who guided the portughese to Calicut when they reached the Arabian sea. If it had not been for the Arabs they would not have found Kerala. What really surprised the portughese when they arrived in Kerala was that christianity already had reached it shores ,as well as islam! Here we see a mosque that has been adapted to the local culture and architecture!