Bohra in Sri Lanka


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Shia 1,300
Sunni 500
Daudi Unknown

Introduction / History

Bohras 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.
They are mostly traders and live in Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. There are smaller Bohra communities in other parts of the world such as Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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 Mohammed.


What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Bohra people need to understand they cannot save themselves. They desperately need the blood of Christ to cover their sins.


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 for Bohra disciples to make disciples in their families and communities.


Scripture Prayers for the Bohra in Sri Lanka.


References

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People Name General Bohra
People Name in Country Bohra
Pronunciation BORE-uh
Alternate Names Atba-e-Malak Badar; Bawahi; Bohara; Bohoro; Daudi; Ismailia Daudi Bohra; Vohra; बोहरा
Population this Country 2,000
Population all Countries 1,333,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16494
ROP3 Code 111665
ROP25 Code 301306
ROP25 Name Bohra
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Western
800
Eastern
500
North Western
200
Central
200
North Central
100
Sabaragamuwa
80
Uva
50
Southern
40
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 8
  Western 800
  Eastern 500
  North Western 200
  Central 200
  North Central 100
  Sabaragamuwa 80
  Uva 50
  Southern 40
Website South Asia Peoples
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 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gujarati (2,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Gujarati (2,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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