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Contesting Genealogies of Divinity

Prof. M. H. Ilias, SGTDS

Abstract: Islam in Malabar, the northern part of Kerala from the 18th century onwards has been represented largely by two opposite traditions, namely, Hadrami Sayyids (also known as Hadrami Tangals) and Kondotty Tangals. These two traditions led by two different diasporic Muslim groups of West Asian origin claiming descent from the Prophet’s family also represented two distinctive streams of Sufism, namely, Arab and Persian which were often in conflict with each other. This work’s concern revolves around the theological as well as political feuds that produced enormous amount of Sufi literature legitimizing/de-legitimizing ideological and doctrinal claims of each other.

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