Early Arab trade with India: With special reference to Kerala
Author(s): Dr. Faisal Babu M
Abstract: The purpose of the study was an attempt to sketch out the early Arab trade with India-special reference to Kerala. Traversing far distances and waters of miles, the trade ships brought not only goods and commodities, but it has carried the ideas, knowledge, cultures and customs that later influenced the coastal places including Kerala. Thus, the study is intended to delve into the deep effects of coming of Islam to the region and along with this; it will try to depict the present socio-cultural state of the Muslim community in Kerala. With historical underpinnings of earlier maritime contacts, later peaceful spreading of Islam in the region, and the consequent socio-cultural changes, the study brings out socio-cultural inner currents of present Muslims of Malabar.