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. Muslims from the districts of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Mumbai (Bombay)& (Trombay) Thana districts are generally regarded as Konkani Muslims. Karwari Konkani Muslims of Bhatkal, near the southern border of Konkan in the North Canara district of Karnataka, are known as Nawayaths.
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. 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, United Kingdom and South Africa. Many Konkani Muslims migrated to Pakistan after the independence in 1947 and have settled in Karachi 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
Konkani Muslims speak a variety of dialects of Marathi collectively called Maharashtrian Konkani. 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.
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. The southern portion of Konkan region has Malvani cuisine which overlaps with Maharashtrian and Goan cuisines.
Notable Konkani Muslims
- Abdul Rehman Antulay - Indian politician, ex-Chief Minister of Maharashtra
- Hamid Dalwai - Writer and Social reformer
- Husain Dalwai - Member of Parliament
- Ghulam Parkar- Former Indian Cricketer
- Mohamed Zainuddin Juvale - Former Indian Naval Captain
- Shafi Inamdar - Hindi film actor
- Mukri - Hindi film actor
- Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar - Terrorist and crime lord; wanted by Interpol, FBI and Indian authorities
- Imran Yusuf - Comedian
- Zakir Naik - Islamic Preacher.
- Rafiq Zakaria - Politician and religious scholar
- Fareed Zakaria - CNN anchor and political commentator. son of Rafiq Zakaria
- Arif Zakaria - Actor, nephew of Rafiq Zakaria
- Anjum Fakih - Actress and Model
- Liaquat Ali Asim - Pakistani Urdu language poet
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