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Sheikh

ETHNONYM: Shaikh


The Sheikhs are Sunni Muslims, widespread in northern and central India as well as Pakistan and all of Bangladesh. Of the four main Muslim groups in South Asia, the Sheikhs rank second, below the Sayyids but above the Pathans and Moguls. While in theory there is no caste hierarchy in Islam, in practice people from these four groups do not usually marry one another, however, in some areas intermarriage may occur, with Sheikhs in particular marrying Sayyids. While the latter groups are "Ashraf" (of foreign, Middle Eastern origin), the Sheikhs are ultimately of local Hindu origin, although their ancestors may have converted to Islam many centuries ago. Sheikhs are engaged in a wide variety of urban and agricultural occupations. Men take the title "Sheikh" or "Mohammed" before their names, and women have "Bibi" after their names.

See also Mogul; Muslim; Pathan; Sayyid

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sheikh an Arab leader, in particular the chief or head of an Arab tribe, family, or village; the word, which is recorded from the late 16th century, is based on Arabic šayḵ ‘old man, sheikh’.

In the 1920s the word (chiefly with the spelling sheik) came to mean a strong, romantic lover; this derived from the novel The Sheik (1919) by E. M. Hull, filmed in 1921 as The Sheikh, starring Rudolph Valentino as the desert hero who kidnaps the English girl whose lover he becomes.

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sheikh / shēk; shāk/ (also sheik, shaikh, or shaykh) • n. 1. an Arab leader, in particular the chief or head of an Arab tribe, family, or village. 2. a leader in a Muslim community or organization. DERIVATIVES: sheikh·dom / -dəm/ n.

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sheikh

sheikh XVI. ult. — Arab. šaiḵ (prop.) old man, f. šāḵa grow old.

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Sheikh

Sheikh (eminent Muslim): see SHAIKH.

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