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Vyapari (caste)

Vyapari
Total population
800 [1]
Regions with significant populations
 India Pakistan
Languages
GujaratiSindhiUrdu
Religion
Islam 100% •
Related ethnic groups
DoodwalasBaniaGujarati ShaikhMemon

The Vyapari are a Muslim community found in the state of Gujarat in India .[2] Many members of Vyapari Muslim community migrated to Pakistan after the independence in 1947 and settled in Karachi.

History and origin

The word vyapar in Hindi and Gujarati means to trade, and the community derives its name from their occupation of trading in cattle and oxen. According to their traditions, they are Muslim converts from the Bania caste. They are mainly distributed in Viramgam and Dholkha in Ahmadabad District and Surendarnagar District. The community speak Gujarati mixed with Urdu.[3]

Present circumstances

The community is divided into a number of biradaris or clans, the main ones being the Khansaheb, Chuhan, Behlim, Kadmol, Bhangarwala, Patel, and Chameli. Each of the clan is equal status, and intermarry. They practice both cross cousin and parallel-cousin marriages. The Vyapari are essentially a community engaged in trade, and many have left Sunni Muslims, with many being members of the reformist Tableeghi Jamat.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.joshuaproject.net/peoples.php
  2. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1443-1447
  3. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1443-1447
  4. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1443-1447
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