Since 5AD, Arabic script was used to write Malayalam. This was called "Arabimalayalam" and is still used in Kerala. The 28 Arabic letters couldn't render 53 phonemes of Malayalam, so new letters were created for it !
"Muhyadheen Mala" is the first book written in Arabimalayalam
I just realized now that even the words I use to call my father and mother has Syriac origin :
Aba => Appa => Father
Emma => Amma => Mother
Malakha => Angel
Mamoditha => Mamodisa => Baptism
More on @Wikipedia@twitter.com : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suriyani_Malayalam
@amithm7 Yeah, it might not be. But the term Abba would have solidified the usage of Appa here.
Or maybe Tamil got the word Appa from Syriac too ? or vice-versa.
@subins2000 I studied that in Madrassa. All books in madrassa are in Arabi malayalam. There is ASCII font for that, not Unicode font
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