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1) Some of the Islamic architectural structures in south India stand as proud reminders of not just an architectural tradition but also of cultural traditions, where Islam effortlessly adapted itself to the native customs. Examine.

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1) Some of the Islamic architectural structures in south India stand as proud reminders of not just an architectural tradition but also of cultural traditions, where Islam effortlessly adapted itself to the native customs. Examine. (250 Words)

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Key demand of the question:

You should examine and explain features of some of the Islamic architecture in South India which have blended local traditions within them. The reference article provides Tamil Nadu examples. Find similar 2-3 other examples. 

Directive Word:

Examine– Explain with examples how Islamic architecture in south India projects a cultural tradition that reflects blending of native traditions and customs. 

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction, write how Islamic architecture in south India has distinct features compared to north due to influence of native customs and also how it reflects religious syncretism.  

In the body, with the help of 3-4 examples, address the demand of the question. It’s better to address this question spatially. Write few points to emphasise that these structures represent cultural traditions as well (Hindu- Islam unity).

In the conclusion write 1-2 lines about the need for preserving these traditions today and how they remind us of great syncretic past.