Centuries ago, the roaring sea was the only answer for the quest of the new. Voyages made landscapes and people. Each expedition constructed a new history of land and new versions of cultures. Some took the toke of imperialism through these sea routes; some a mission of knowledge and cultural symbiosis.
Arab geographers' knowledge of Southern India is a construction of india from the narratives of famous arab travellers. A fresh perception on the land of many culturs by some icocnic navigators whose mission it was to pollinate knowledge and culture.
Dr Syed Muhammed Husayn Nainar, renowned academicion and author, has to his credit a biography in tamil of Seethakathi Vallal, a muslim sage and philanthropist of the 18th centur, several english monographes on arabic, Tamil,Hindi and Urdu linguistics, and the translation of Tuhfat al-Mujahidin, which otherbooks brought out in 2006.