Tadvi Bhil Muslims

Tadvi Bhil is a tribal community listed under Scheduled Tribes. The community members are found in small pockets of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Tadvi Bhil is a sub-caste of those who have adapted to Islam under the larger Bhil community.

These Tadvi Bhil Muslims are syncretic and unrigid in their practice of Islam and they have retained many aspects of Hindu culture. Traditionally they were nomadic tribes. But they were displaced due to the Forest Act. They ventured into the mainland, took up jobs and now have mostly adopted a sedentary living. It is said that they converted to Islam when Aurangazeb toured Burhanpur which was an important Mughal outpost.

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