ETHNONYMS: Mappilla, Moplah
There are various distinctions within the Muslim group. One major distinction is between those of Indian and those of Foreign origin. Higher class status is enjoyed by those descended from the Prophet's family, the Sayyids. One internal distinction is between the Untouchables and the higher castes among the Mappilas. Another distinct group are all those of Arab descent.
See also Malayali"
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Miller, Roland E. (1976). Mappila Muslims of Kerala: A Study in Islamic Trends. Bombay: Orient Longman.