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Qutab Minar, Islam’s first outpost in the region

Islam established its first formal foothold in India when a mosque was constructed in what is known as the the Qutab Minar complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the Mehrauli area of New Delhi. And as a sign of centuries of turmoil to follow, 27 Hindu and Jain temples were demolished to provide the materials and space for the same.

This may not have been the first mosque in India though - it is believed to be the Cheraman Juma Masjid in the Methala village of Kodungalloor taluk in the state of Kerala. It was built around 629 AD, a result of close trade ties between the Arab world and the Chera kings who ruled Cheranad, or ancient Kerala, in that period.

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