Islamism and Social Reform in Kerala, South India

@article{Osella2008IslamismAS,
  title={Islamism and Social Reform in Kerala, South India},
  author={Filippo Osella and Caroline Osella},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  year={2008},
  volume={42},
  pages={317 - 346}
}
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