Konkani Muslims

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Konkani Muslims (Kokani Muslims) are an ethnoreligious subgroup of the Konkani people of the Konkan region along the west coast, who practice Islam in India.[1] Muslims from the districts of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Mumbai (Bombay)& (Trombay) Thana districts are generally regarded as Konkani Muslims.[2] Karwari Konkani Muslims of Bhatkal, near the southern border of Konkan in the North Canara district of Karnataka, are known as Nawayaths.[3]


The Konkani Muslim community forms a part of the larger Konkani speaking demographic and are predominantly located in the Konkan division of the Indian state of Maharashtra.[4] This includes the administrative districts of Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.

There is a diaspora Konkani Muslim community based in Persian Gulf states,[5][6] United Kingdom[7][8] and South Africa.[9][10] Many Konkani Muslims migrated to Pakistan after the independence in 1947 and have settled in Karachi[11] as part of the Muhajir community.


Since antiquity, the Konkan coast has had mercantile relations with major ports on the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. Konkani Muslims can trace their ancestry to Arab traders who visited the konkan coast in the medieval era[12]


Konkani Muslims follow the Shafi'i school of Sunni Islamic law. This is in contrast to the rest of North India and Deccan regions whose Sunni Muslims adhere to the Hanafi school.[13][14]


Konkani Muslims speak a variety of dialects of Marathi collectively called Maharashtrian Konkani.[13] Some of the dialects include Parabhi, Kunbi, Karadhi, Sangameshwari and Bankoti. These form a gradual linguistic continuum between standard Marathi in regions around Mumbai and Konkani language in regions around Goa.

In addition, the Muslims from south Sindhudurg, near Malvan, and the former princely state of Sawantwadi speak the Malvani Konkani dialect of the Konkani language.


The cuisine of Konkani 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.[15] The southern portion of Konkan region has Malvani cuisine which overlaps with Maharashtrian and Goan cuisines.

Notable Konkani Muslims[edit]


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