Islam in West Bengal

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Since the partition of India in 1947, the majority of the Bengali Muslims have lived in Bangladesh. However, the Indian state of West Bengal also has over 24.6 million Muslims, who form 27% of the state's population.[1]

There have been concerns that illegal immigration from the neighbouring Bangladesh has contributed to a rise in the Muslim population of West Bengal.[2]

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 66.27%
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 Haora 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%

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