In a prose infused with drama, yet authenticated by citations from firsthand and recent sources, Dr kk muhammed abdul sathar traces the political outlook and disposition of mamburam syed fazal tangal (1824-1900) from his roots among Ba alwis in yemen to the bloos-soaked malabar of the 19th century. There are references to syed fazal as a religious scholar, reformer, and spiritual guide, all these roles buttressing his political stance against the british and their yes-men, the landlords of the erstwhile malabar. syed played a pivotal role in enhancing the spirit of revolution among mappilas so much that the british had to deport him to arabia. He went to turkey and served as a plenipotentiary of the ottoman caliphate. During the struggle for india’s independence, he turned out to be a leader in exile, inspiring national leaders like muhammed abdul rahman sahib from afar.