Bohra in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Subgroups: 12 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Sunni 550,000
Shia 399,000
Daudi 63,000
Sulemani 5,600
Alia 4,400
Ravji 4,100
Atba-e-Malak Badar 2,300
Jafari Unknown
Ekthalisi Unknown
Naqushi Unknown

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.


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Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-19
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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-04-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-05
People Name General Bohra
People Name in Country Bohra
Population in India 1,104,000
World Population 1,108,300
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 22
Alternate Names Atba-e-Malak Badar, Bawahi, Bohara, Bohoro, Daudi, Ismailia Daudi Bohra, Vohra, बोहरा
People ID 16494
ROP3 Code 111665
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Group Bohra
Ethnic Code CNN25e
Total Subgroups 12
  Sunni 550,000
  Shia 399,000
  Daudi 63,000
  Sulemani 5,600
  Alia 4,400
  Ravji 4,100
  Atba-e-Malak Badar 2,300
  Jafari 90
  Ekthalisi 80
  Naqushi 80
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 15
Largest States
Gujarat
697,000
Maharashtra
272,000
Madhya Pradesh
115,000
Chhattisgarh
5,500
Tamil Nadu
5,000
Kerala
3,700
Rajasthan
3,600
Telangana
1,700
West Bengal
700
Karnataka
400
Daman and Diu
300
Odisha
200
Goa
100
Andhra Pradesh
90
Dadra and Nagar Have
50
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 15
  Gujarat 697,000
  Maharashtra 272,000
  Madhya Pradesh 115,000
  Chhattisgarh 5,500
  Tamil Nadu 5,000
  Kerala 3,700
  Rajasthan 3,600
  Telangana 1,700
  West Bengal 700
  Karnataka 400
  Daman and Diu 300
  Odisha 200
  Goa 100
  Andhra Pradesh 90
  Dadra and Nagar Have 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (1,086,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Konkani
5,600
Kacchi
3,400
Saurashtra
1,400
English
400
Urdu
400
Malvi
300
Nimadi
200
Other People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (1,086,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Konkani 5,600
  Kacchi 3,400
  Saurashtra 1,400
  English 400
  Urdu 400
  Malvi 300
  Nimadi 200
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2005)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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