Practice of Caste and Hierarchical Division among Muslims of Sagar

Manu Gouraha


The present study explores the existence of caste among Muslims of Sagar. In spite of the claim of Islam being based on egalitarian ground, there is caste like structure and hierarchical division among its members. These caste features follow the line of Hindus. Through study it was found that there is vertical division among members of Muslim community living in Sagar. The caste features are so rampant that membership is restricted by birth and endogamy is maintained. The full paper deals with the caste intricacies associated with Muslim community living in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh.


Caste, Hierarchy, Ashraf, Ajlaf, Arjal, endogamy

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