Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Carnatic
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, or Karnatak, a term of varied application in Indian geography. As meaning the country where Kanarese is spoken, it seems to have been applied originally to the Hindu kingdom of Vid̲j̲ayanagar. When the Muḥammadans conquered this kingdom in 1565, they extended the name further south, so that the English erroneously applied it to the Nawwāb who ruled at Arcot, where the language is not Kanarese but Tamil.

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Cotton, J. S., “Carnatic”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 19 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_1693>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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