Caste among Indian Muslims


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Although casteism is not very deep-rooted and also varies regionally, its prevalence among Muslims is a matter of concern. Caste among Muslims is less common in South India.  Growing up in a South Indian Muslim culture, I had no encounter with casteism among Muslims in my day to day life. The only time caste was mentioned was during matchmaking for weddings. Enquiries for the clan/biradari of the bride or groom were made for compatibility. However, emphasis was more on the financial and educational compatibility. With passing time, the mention of caste has been reduced to a mere formality.

But in North India, the situation seems to be different. Casteism is very common in certain regions, especially in Bihar and West Bengal. In Bihar, the Sheikhs, Pathans and Sayeds have been reported to look down upon other Muslims likes Ansaris and Quraishis. In 2003, there was a news item which described how there…

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