A mapillah! Malabar  Year:1926-1933 Photographer:Unknown Source :University of Southern California Digital Library.

The muslims in Kerala are called ” Mapillah”! They brought a very rich culture with them when they migrated to Kerala! They were not only powerful and rich but played a very important role in the Kerala society!I am talking about Arab settlers who came even before the portughese! when the portughese arrived in Kerala they had to get permissions not only from the Hindu rajas but also from the very powerful muslim ” Zomarins” of Calicut!