Malik clan (Bihar)

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The Malik (or Malick, malek. Mallick, Urdu: ملک‎) are a Muslim community found in the state of Bihar in India.[1] They are also found in the city of Kolkata in West Bengal, in Bangladesh and the Indian diaspora, but large numbers of them migrated to Pakistan following the independence of Pakistan.[citation needed]

History and origin[edit]

The group purports its origin to Syed Ibrahim Mallick Baya, a Sufi born near Ghazni (Afghanistan), descended from ancestors who had migrated there from Baghdad.[citation needed].

The Muslim population of Bihar was around 13% before the independence in 1947. At that time, Maliks constituted about 25% of the Muslim population of Bihar, mostly concentrated in the villages and towns in the districts of Patna, Nalanda, Gaya, Jehanabad, Nawada, Arrah, Jamui, Sheikhpura and Munger.[citation needed] .

See also[edit]


  1. ^ People of India Bihar, Volume XVI Part 2 (Seagull Books), edited by S Gopal & Hetukar Jha, pp. 666-667.