Shaikhs in South Asia

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Sheikh, also rendered as Sheik, Shaykh, Shaikh, Shekh, Cheikh, Šeih, Šejh, Şeyh and other variants (Arabic: شيخ‎, shaykh; pl. شيوخshuyūkh), is a word or honorific term in the Arabic language that literally means "elder." It is commonly used to designate an elder of a tribe, a revered wise man, or an Islamic scholar. Although the title generally refers to a male, a very small number of female sheikhs have also existed in history.

Foreign Muslim origin[edit]

In South Asia, the term Shaikh may refer to immigrants from Middle East origins that exist mostly in India, Bangladesh, and also in regions of Pakistan, and Jammu and Kashmir. In South Asia caste system, Shaikh along with Saiyyid are considered higher castes in Indian Muslim caste system.


The subdivisions of the Shaikh include:

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