Dakhini Muslims, or Deccani Muslims, are a community of diverse
peoples from various ethnic backgrounds who inhabit the
of Southern India, and speak the
Dakhini language, a form of Urdu.
The community now has their own separate ethnic identity, but the
Dakhini Muslims come from various native and foreign ethnic
backgrounds. Their history can be traced to the Bahmani Sultanate,
which was the first Independent Muslim kingdom in southern India,
Deccan Sultanates which followed its demise. Dakhini
Muslims can have Arab, Persian, and Turkish ancestries in addition to
having the local Dravidian and Indo Aryan heritage. Dakhini
Muslims, are found in many places throughout South India, extending
from southern Maharashtra, to northern
Tamil Nadu including Karnataka,
Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and
Dakhini Muslims from the
north migrated, and formed a community there. There are also large
diaspora communities, especially in Pakistan, where they settled after
Indian independence, forming a portion of the
Urdu speaking minority
of Pakistan, the Muhajirs.
South Asian ethnic groups
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