Muslims in India: A demographic and socio-economic profile

  title={Muslims in India: A demographic and socio-economic profile},
  author={Malika B. Mistry},
  journal={Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs},
  pages={399 - 422}
  • M. Mistry
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Abstract This paper presents a demographic and socio-economic profile of the Muslims in India, who form the largest minority in the country. At 120 million strong, Muslims constitute 12% of the population of India. Tracing the origin and ethnicity of Muslims in India, the findings suggest that most Indian Muslims are ethnically Indian since they are the descendents of the early converts to Islam. Many Indians who belonged to the lower castes embraced Islam for its egalitarianism which was… Expand
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