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Shaikhs in South Asia

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Shaikhs in South Asia

Total population
Regions with significant populations
 Pakistan India Bangladesh
Islam 100% •
Related ethnic groups

ArabsShaikh of PunjabShaikh of KashmirShaikh of SindhShaikh of Uttar Pradesh

Shaikh of GujaratShaikh of RajasthanShaikh of Biharmanihar milki qidwai

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.[3]


  • Origin 1
    • Foreign Muslim origin 1.1
  • Sub-divisions 2
  • Linguistic groups 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The Shaikh title is used by the descendants of Arab and other Muslim immigrants who settled in ares of South Asia as well as the converts who were assimilated in the family of such migrants.

Foreign Muslim origin

In South Asia, the term Shaikh may signify Arab ancestry, or other Middle-eastern or Central Asian origins.


The subdivisions of the Shaikh include:

Linguistic groups

The Shaikhs of South Asia are found within all the major Muslim ethnic groups in the region, for example there are Punjabi Shaikhs found within the Punjabi ethnic groups, and Sindhi Shaikhs are found within the Sindhi ethnic group, Gujarati Shaikh and Rajasthani Shaikh and so forth.

See also


  1. ^ File:SallahuddinShaikh|250px|none|life of the best
  2. ^
  3. ^ People of India by Sir Herbert Risely

External links

  • Shaikh Siddiqui
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