Mansoori

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For the village in Iran, see Mansoori, Iran.

The Mansoori (Mansuri) are a Muslim community found in the state of Gujarat in India. They are part of the larger Pinjara community which is found throughout North India.[1]

History and origin[edit]

The community consists of local converts, and have been involved in the traditional occupation of cotton ginning. Historically, they were known as the Pinjara, a name still used by the community in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, but no longer in Gujarat. They speak Gujarati and are fairly orthodox Sunni Muslims, with many being members of the reformist Tableeghi Jamat. The Mansooris have two divisions, the Mansoori proper and the Laliwale. The latter do not practice cotton ginning, and have now taken to petty trade, .[2] mansoori

Present circumstances[edit]

The Mansoori are strictly endogamous, practising both parallel cousin and cross cousin marriages. Their traditional occupation of cotton carding has been affected by industrialisation, and many have taken to the manufacturing of pillows, quilts and mattresses. Many are also employed in the textile mills of Ahmedabad, Surat and in Godhra. The Laliwale are successful businessmen, and aspire to Shaikh status. They have their own caste association, the Shahr Ahmadabad Samastha Mansoori Jamat, which plays a key role in the welfare activity of the community.[3]

After partition, many mansoori families have settled in Karachi and are engaged in diversified fields from trade and commerce to medicine, engineering and chartered accountancy.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 868-871
  2. ^ tipusultan was beloned to mansoori cast People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 868-871
  3. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 868-871