Bohra in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

They trace their origin to the Arab community Qaum-e-Bawahas who settled in Surat and Kheda districts. The three endogamous divisions among the Bohra are Surti, Patni and Kanamia Bohr. The Daudi, Salaimani and Alavi are a few groups among them. Gujarati is their main language.

In Rajasthan their mother tongue is Urdu and they use the Perso-Arabic script. The males wear a typical white cap with golden zari. Gujarati is spoken at home. Urdu and Telugu are other languages spoken by them.

Where Are they Located?

They are mostly traders and live in Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bohra women wear a bright green bourdka (veiled dress) that set them apart from the scores of other Muslim women who wear brown, dark blue, or black bourdkas. They pride themselves on being a distinctive, prosperous people. Their tightly knit community, high level of education and business success make them an influential force, often to the envy of other Muslim sects and the Hindu majority. Their staple cereals are wheat and maize. Both parallel and cross-cousin marriages are permitted. Circumcision is observed for male children. Traditionally they are weavers and cloth-painters. Now they are engaged in cloth trade. The Bohra women are generally well educated. They are experts in knitting caps.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They obey Hazrat Ali, the fourth khalipha of Muhammed. West Bengal: Two divisions exist: the Ismali Shia (Daudi Bohra) and the Sunni Bohra. They live in Kolkata, Mushidabad, etc. Andhra Pradesh: They are called Bohara and have come from Gujarat. They live in Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Vishakapatnam and Kurnool. The Bohra of Tamil Nadu follow the Ismaili-shia faith.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Bohras discover that worldly success is worthless compared to the riches of knowing Christ,
* Pray that God creates in the Bohras hearts a deep hunger to know Him personally.
* Pray that God sends His servants to witness to this people group.

Profile Source:   Etnopedia 

Prayer Links
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People Name General Bohra
People Name in Country Bohra
Population in India 1,113,000
World Population 1,117,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Atba-e-Malak Badar, Bawahi, Bohara, Bohoro, Daudi, Ismailia Daudi Bohra, Vohra
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Bohra
Ethnic Code CNN25e
People ID 16494
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  15  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (700,000) Maharashtra (271,000) Madhya Pradesh (122,000) Chhattisgarh (5,900)
Tamil Nadu (4,600) Kerala (3,700) Rajasthan (3,600) Telangana (1,500)
West Bengal (500) Karnataka (400) Daman and Diu (300) Odisha (200)
Goa (100) Andhra Pradesh (90) Dadra and Nagar Have (20)
Total States on file:  15  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (700,000) Maharashtra (271,000)
Madhya Pradesh (122,000) Chhattisgarh (5,900)
Tamil Nadu (4,600) Kerala (3,700)
Rajasthan (3,600) Telangana (1,500)
West Bengal (500) Karnataka (400)
Daman and Diu (300) Odisha (200)
Goa (100) Andhra Pradesh (90)
Dadra and Nagar Have (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (1,073,000) Konkani (6,400) Kachchi (5,400) Saurashtra (1,700)
Urdu (500) Nimadi (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 1,073,000 Konkani 6,400
Kachchi 5,400 Saurashtra 1,700
Urdu 500 Nimadi 400
For Primary Language: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Gujarati Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Etnopedia 
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