P. Dawood Shah

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P. Dawood Shah (Tamil: பா. தாவூத் ஷா) (1885-1969) was a Tamil scholar and activist.

Early life[edit]

Dawood Shah was born on March 29, 1885, in Keezh Manthoor, Tanjore district, Madras Presidency. He had his early education in Government Arts College, Kumbakonam where he was a classmate of Srinivasa Ramanujan.


Dawood Shah was a lover of the Tamil language and won a gold medal from the Madurai Tamil Sangam. He strongly advocated the replacement of Arabic with Tamil in mosques and led a campaign. Shah was also the first person to translate the Quran into Tamil. B. Dawood Shah served as the editor of the Tamil magazine Darul Islam.[1]


He died on February 24, 1969 in Madras, India.