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Rowther or Ravuthar
Regions with significant populations
Tamil, Malayalam
Sunni Islam

Rowther or Ravuthar is a Muslim community from the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Together with the Kayalar, Lebbai and Maraikayar communities, they constitute the Tamil Muslims, an Islamic community spread across South India. Rowthers follow the Islam sunnah.[1]

The women in this community wear burqah.[2]


After the fall of Chola dynasty, the newly formed Later Pandyan Empire in Tamil country under Kulasekara Pandyan invited the Seljuk Turks from the fractions of Hanafi (known as Rowther in South India) for trade relations in 1279 C.E.. The largest armada of Turkic traders and missionaries settled in Tharangambadi (Nagapattinam), Karaikal, Muthupet, Koothanallur, Podakkudi and Athikkadai. Rowthers settled in that area expanding into an Islamic community of almost one million. These new settlements were now added to the Rowther community.

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  1. ^ "The Rowther community". Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  2. ^ Kerala Tradition