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The vast majority of India's 1.1 billion population are Hindus; 13.4 percent are Muslims, 80 percent of whom are Sunni Muslims; 2.5 percent are Christian; and fewer than 0.0004 percent are Jews. The majority of the 4,500 Jews live in Greater Mumbai (formerly Bombay), including Konkan (3,600), Pune (300), Ahmedabad (350), New Delhi (50), Calcutta (150), and Cochin (50). Even in its heyday before 1950, Indian Jewry only numbered 28,000 souls. They neither suffered from antisemitism at the hands of their fellow countrymen, nor experienced ethnic tensions with Indian Muslims.

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Shalva Weil, “India”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0011410>
First published online: 2010

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