Islam in West Bengal

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Zohora Begum Mosque in Kolkata

Since the partition of India in 1947, the majority of the Bengali Muslims have lived in Bangladesh. Islam is the minority religion in West Bengal as of 2011. However, Islam is also the second largest and the fastest growing religion in the Indian state of West Bengal. According to 2011 Census of India, West Bengal has over 24.6 million Bengali Muslims, who form 27% of the state's population.[1] In West Bengal capital Kolkata Muslim's Population is 926,414 making up 20.6% of the city population as of 2011 census. Bengali Muslims are minority in all districts of Bengal except Uttar Dinajpur (49.92%), Maldah (51.27%) and Murshidabad (66.28%) . It is also said that[by whom?] this rise is due to proximity to Muslim-dominated districts of neighboring state of Bihar and illegal migration from Bangladesh cause demography change in the state.[2][not in citation given]

Population[edit]

Population by district[edit]

Muslims in West Bengal by district (2011)[1]
# District Total population Muslim population  %
1 Murshidabad 7,103,807 4,707,573 66.28%
2 South 24 Parganas 8,161,961 2,903,075 35.57%
3 North 24 Parganas 10,009,781 2,584,684 25.82%
4 Maldah 3,988,845 2,045,151 51.27%
5 Barddhaman 7,717,563 1,599,764 20.73%
6 Uttar Dinajpur 3,007,134 1,501,170 49.92%
7 Nadia 5,167,600 1,382,682 26.76%
8 Birbhum 3,502,404 1,298,054 37.06%
9 Howrah 4,850,029 1,270,641 26.20%
10 Kolkata 4,496,694 926,414 20.60%
11 Hugli 5,519,145 870,204 15.77%
12 Purba Medinipur 5,095,875 743,436 14.59%
13 Koch Bihar 2,819,086 720,033 25.54%
14 Paschim Medinipur 5,913,457 620,554 10.49%
15 Jalpaiguri 3,872,846 445,817 11.51%
16 Dakshin Dinajpur 1,676,276 412,788 24.63%
17 Bankura 3,596,674 290,450 8.08%
18 Puruliya 2,930,115 227,249 7.76%
19 Darjiling 1,846,823 105,086 5.69%
## West Bengal (Total) 91,276,115 24,654,825 27.01%

Trends[edit]

Trends in Muslim population of West Bengal[3]
Census year  % of total population Decadal growth
1951 19.85% NA
1961 20% 36.48%
1971 20.46% 29.76%
1981 21.51% 29.55%
1991 23.61% 36.89%
2001 25.25% 25.91%
2011 28% 21.80%

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Educational Institutions[edit]

Notable Muslims[edit]

Kolkata[edit]

Other districts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Population by religious community: West Bengal. 2011 Census of India.
  2. ^ "Bengal beats India in Muslim growth rate - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  3. ^ B.P. Syam Roy (28 September 2015). "Bengal's topsy-turvy population growth". The Statesman. Archived from the original on 10 September 2016.