The Marginal Muslim Minority of Bengal, India: An Anthropological Analysis

West Bengal is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-religious state of India where various ethnic groups and creeds have been living side by side since long past. Muslims are the principal minority of this multi-religious state and constitute about 27% of the state’s total population. Yet little is known about the socio-economic and political dynamics of this community due to lack of fieldwork. This paper focuses on the contemporary dynamics of the Muslim life in West Bengal from an anthropological perspective. A especial effort has also been made in order to find out the factors contributing to form a bottleneck in development and social change.