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Thulukkar,tamil muslims of travancore[edit]

Thulukkar's are tamil/tamil-malayalam speaking muslims who were migrated from chola and pandiya kingdom (tamilnadu)settled in travancore turukkar, tulukkar, the Turks, the Muhammadans the world 'turukkar' or 'tulukkar', derived from original 'turk' or 'turki', came into use in the tamil country to refer to the muslims. though, the tamil muslims had nothing to do with the turks, they too were reffered to as 'tulukkars'. in thamil literature and temple inscriptions too, the word 'thu;ukkar' or 'turukkar' was used extensively from this period on wards. At present time thulukkars are comparatively less in number they were settled in trivandrum pathanamthitta and kottayam district of kerala state. There is story behind the thulukkar which was related to lord vishnu. In the temple in Srirangam Vishnu is manifested as Ranganatha Swami. There is a painting of one "Tulukka Nachiar" in a small shrine near the garbha-griha. Worship services are performed everyday in reverence to her in which the Lord Ranganatha is offered wheat bread, ghee and dhal for breakfast. (Tulukkar in Tamil means a Muslim and Nachiyar is a term used in Tamil Vaishnava theology for the divine consort of the presiding deity).story says she was the daughter of Allaudhin Khilji she loves the idol of Ranganatha. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:15, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Keyi Family[edit]

I have removed the part aboutt Keyi family since its not related to the main subject.

Travancore Mappilas[edit]

I'm not so sure of my history, but werent there Christian Mappilas in Travancore? Could someone with knowledge on the matter please add a line (or create an article) about them? Thanks! -- thunderboltza.k.a.Deepu Joseph |TALK 14:08, 7 June 2006 (UTC)

Travancore-Kochi areas mappilas are syrian christians.south of thrissur ,malayali muslims are not necessarily connected to be Mappila.during tipu's invasion, a lot of kafir were converted forcedly to islam.while in kottayam and idukki ,there are tamil migrants who are called Thulukkar(turkish origin?) or tamil muslims.they speak tamil-malayalam in their home.a town erattupetta in kottayam district is a centre of them.there were lot of tamil "vellala "caste hindus who were also converted to islam.

while in south kerala, a lot of non-malabari muslims are there. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:03, 18 August 2009 (UTC)


Thangals are considered with high esteem by only a part of the community and its not there in practice as before


In Kollavarsham 149 (AD1051) the Chera king Vallabhan kotha of Mampally Sasanam had given a Chepped to the Chengannoor Church conferring the title Mappila to all the Syrian Chrstians. The Syrian churches existing at that time were known as Mother Churches. After this Chepped was given, members of those churches were given the title ‘Mappila’ or children of Mother Churches and they suffixed Mappila with their names as a title of honour.

The title "Mappila"used by the Muslims in Malabar belongs to the Christians. Names among them, Ummer (Oommen) ,Choyi (Kochoyi), etc are of Syrian Christian origin. During the attack by Tippu the Kozhikode Zmuthiri (Zamorin), Manorama Thampuratti accompanied by many Syrian Christians came for shelter under Travencore State ruled by Karthikathirunal. Such Christians were settled in places like Ennakadu, Cheppadu, Kannankode, Mavelikara, etc where there were already Christians. During the time of Ramayan Delava a census of such Christians were taken. Inorder to identify them their houses were named after the tree closest to their houses. Thus names like Plamood, Mammootil, Pulimootil, Alumootil etc were given which exist till today. The earlier Christians in those places had "Thalackal", "Oor", "kode"etc added to their house name; examples are Poovathoor, Thalakode, Kizhakethalackal etc. They were Christians settled down there from St.Thomas time

Ref==The Cochin State Manual by Mr. C. Achutha Menon ,Government of Kerala,1995 The Christian Churches in Kerala by Mr. K.U.John, November1995

I have made chnages to the artilce to add this side Thennattu 02:38, 22 February 2007 (UTC)

mappila in Lakshadweep ?[edit]

In mappila article its included that Muslims of Lakshadweep are called . However, as per my knowldge, they are known as malecherrys.(i assume this might have derived from from malayalam words mala and cherry, may be referring to kerala itself. Its also noted that they were from kerala(i know at that time name kerala not applicable). Also in north kerala, i assume not all muslims were mappilas. and known as palaysars or something. please provide some light on this subject, if possible. we can make this article better. Daya anjali 16:29, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

Nasrani Mappilla?[edit]

Doesn't Mappilla exclusively refer to the followers of Islam? Not sure abt this. Can someone describe the differences? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jillpaans (talkcontribs) 21:40, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

No.In Travancore/Cochin Part ,Mappila Means Nasrani Christians.while in Malabar it is for Malayalee Muslims. (talk) 21:20, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

I suggest to add a disambiguation page stating something like "this article refers to Mappila Muslims, if you are looking for Syrian Nasrani Mappila's refer ...." The two together in one article doesn't make a proper combination.NMKuttiady (talk) 10:45, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

I've added Mappila_(disambiguation). I suggest making the Muslim_mappila page separate, and link the mappila page to the disambiguation page. Since Syrian Nasrani Mappila has a reasonably good article separately, I don't think it needs a mention here, especially since the page Muslim_mappila also refers here.Nothing communal in here.Just trying to organize the article better.NMKuttiady (talk) 13:14, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Yes, that would be a better option. There should be a seperate page named 'Muslim Mappila' just as there is already a page for Nasrani Mappila.PalakkappillyAchayan (talk)05:59, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

Cheraman Perumal?[edit]

Why is there hardly any coverage of the story of the last Chera King? I agree that there is no historical evidence. however, Keralopathi describes the event, and I have read that there is a "tomb of the indian king" in Oman. Maybe it is a good idea to provide both the arguments in favour of and against the legend of Cheraman Perumal. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:07, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

Physical Anthropology?[edit]

What the heck? Isn't this like early 1900's / late 1800's debunked junk science? Why is a Wikipedia article talking about head volume and nasal structure from some European racist? I don't see it as being productive to the subject matter —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:15, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

muslims of ernakulam district[edit]

are the muslims of eranakulam district mappilas? I asked this because, there are dakhnis,thulukkar,kuchi memons and pathans are part of the muslims of eranakulam? main muslim centre are around aluva town. most of the muslims are in muvattupuzha,perumbavoor,paravoor,kothamangalam and aluva area. in kochi area, mattanchery-aroor-chandiroor area is the main centre. unlike malawaris, muslims in kochi-travancore stays with other communities without building ghettos(pettah). there are ahmedis in many places. ahmedi centres are outside major towns. no shia muslims am aware of. would like to know more. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:48, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

Origin of the word Mappila[edit]

There was a custom to call men in southern part of Kerala and Tamil Nadu as Pillai which later became a caste name. The word meant son. When Christians were arrived in South Kerala the local people called them Ma Pillai (Ma as in Ma nishada means negative, "not" etc.) meaning 'not son' to clarify that they are not born here. Even after they settled here and after many generation they are still being called by the same name. The same logic applies to Muslims of northern Kerala. In TN, the same usage is used for son-in-laws with a similar logic. (I quoted this from a secular, well-experienced professor in history) I therefore have edited the etymology which someone reverted. So let us first discuss it in here. (talk) 12:23, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

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Clean-up: feedback please[edit]

I have almost done a tedious clean-up process of this article which had many POV issues along with a lot of factual inaccuracies. However, I'll wait to get a proper feedback before removing the "exper attention needed" template. Welcome your views! AshLey Msg 08:45, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

Name and move[edit]

I moved the page back to its former title as the previous move was undiscussed and created a mess with incoming links. A cursory look suggests that this is the primary use of the term "Mappila"; other communities are further distinguished in English sources, for instance the Nasrani Mappilas. Moving it again should require a requested move.--Cúchullain t/c 20:17, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

Modern Theological Mappila sects of Kerala[edit]

Why does the section on theological sects conclude with a personal opinion of "not getting beyond theological debates"? This is derogatory and must be either removed or moved to a separate section with the appropriate title.Nidhishunnikrishnan (talk) 07:24, 28 April 2014 (UTC)