Encyclopedia of Christianity Online

Get access
Search Results: | 3 of 4 |

(503 words)

Bangladesh, a republic in southern Asia, encompasses the territory of what was formerly Indian East Bengal and the Sylhet district of Assam. After the partition of British India in 1947, it formed the eastern part of the Islamic state of Pakistan before it achieved its independence in 1971. The vast majority of the people (97 percent) are Bengalis; the largest minority groups are Urdus (600,000), Chakmas (352,000), Hindis (346,000), Burmese (231,000), and Biharis (230,000).

The Bengalis are nearly all Sunnite Muslims, but there is a Shiite minority in the cities. Hinduism suffer…

Cite this page
Luchesi, Brigitte, “Bangladesh”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B13>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

▲   Back to top   ▲