Islamic ‘Bakhirs’

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  • M Askar Ali Head, Tamil Department, Acharia College of Arts and Science, Puducherry, India
Keywords: Keeranur Zakir Raja, Center for Islam and Bakhir, Thoppil Mohammad Meeran


The lives of Islamists around the world are fundamentally religious. More than that, it is subject to the rules taught by that “religious community.” In such a religious life, the duality of being centered and marginalized becomes inevitable. Thoppil Mohammad Meeran and Keeranur Jagirrajah are the creator of the myths about the marginalized community in the creative field. The lives of various marginalized people as a result of the central political attitude are portrayed as diverse in their fiction. They have written about the marginalized mantras of sex workers, homosexuals, mercenaries, brokers, thieves, drunkards, psychiatrists, beggars, etc., unfamiliar with most Islamic myths. His works also record non-seafaring fishing Islamists, Bakhirs (wanderers), Osaks (sailors), and Motinars (front-line servants in mosques). In this context, this article examines in detail how Keeranur Zakir Raja translated into literature the record of Bakhirs living a nomadic life in the Islamic community.

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