Konkani Muslims

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Konkani / Kokani Muslims are a Muslim sub-ethnic group of Maharashtrian Muslims living in the Konkan region of India. They speak the Konkani language.


History of Kokani Muslims settled in Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay) is documented well in publications such as The Bombay Gazette and newspapers like Times of India since the later part of nineteenth century. Many prominent Kokani Muslim families' names, their activities and contributions to social and cultural life are accessible.


There is a large Konkani Muslim diaspora community of economic migrants working in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, the UK, the USA, South Africa and East Africa (where they have been established for almost a century).


There are Konkani Muslims in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan that settled after the independence in 1947. The Konkani Muslims in Karachi now speak Urdu and have assimilated with Muhajirs. The Konkani Muslims in Karachi are concentrated in the Kokan Cooperative Housing Society in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.


Muslims from the Maharashtrian districts of Mumbai, Raigad, Thane, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg are generally regarded as Konkani Muslims. Muslim people of south Sindhudurg near Malvan and the former Maratha princely states of Sawantwadi and Oros speak a dialect of Marathi / Konkani called Málvani language.


The main food of Kokni Muslims is non-vegetarian, mostly seafood. Its staple food is rice and bread made of rice (preferred at dinners) with fish and lentils or vegetables. It is mainly influenced by Maharashtrian cuisine.


They predominantly adhere to the Sunni Muslim Shafi'i Madhab, unlike most Muslims from the South Asia who are Hanafis[1].

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