Thanjavur varsity to take up research on 'Islamic Tamil literature'

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Tiruchirapalli, May 18 (UNI) The Thanjavur Tamil University will appoint a retired professor to take up research on Islamic Tamil literature, according to University Vice-Chancellor C Subramaniam.

Speaking after receiving a cheque for Rs 4.5 lakh from Islamic Literary Society (ILS) Vice-President Aboo Bucker at the inaugural session of the two-day annual conference of the ILS here yesterday, Dr Subramaniam said a large number of Muslims like Umaru Pulavar had contributed to the growth of Tamil literature.

Tracing the link between Arabia and Dravidian culture, he said the ancient Tamil literature referred to the Arabians as 'yavanargal' or 'sonagar.' Noted poet 'Kavikko' Abdul Rahman, who was also present, said ancient Tamil poets and 'siddhars' were totally aware of the principles of Islam.

He advocated the need for sensitising the masses on the patronage offered by the Islamic rulers to the development of Tamil literature. Research programmes should bring to light, the unity fostered by Muslim rulers in the country, he added.

ILS General Secretary S M Hidayatullah and Vice-President A Abubakkar said the conference was not confined to any religion but aimed at promoting Tamil literature.

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