Digitising Arabic manuscripts in Mattool, North Kerala (EAP1390)

Aims and objectives

The Arabic manuscripts and lithographs to be digitised in this project were collected by the archive owner, Sayyed Ali Ba Alawi, from local Muslim scholars and healers. The archive represents a unique local textual heritage significant for research on the Malabari Islamic networks that evolved over centuries of trade and cross-cultural exchange. The archive includes also Arabic-Malayalam manuscripts to be surveyed along with approximately 150 historical objects (coins, copper and wood artifacts) stored in a neighbouring family archive historically related to the Kuññāli Marakkārs, historically affiliated to the Zamorin of Calicut.