P. Dawood Shah
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P. Dawood Shah (Tamil: பா. தாவூத் ஷா) (1885-1969) was a Tamil scholar and activist.
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.
He died on February 24, 1969 in Madras, India.