Newar Islam

The distinct type of culture of Muslim Newar community is Newar Islam.


The history dates back to Nepal Sambat 470 when Sultan Shamsuddin Ilyas Shah attacked Nepal Mandala. He destroyed Pimbahal of Lalitpur, set Bhaktapur on fire, looted Pashupatinath temple and destroyed Swyambhu. In the process the Muslims entered Newar villages. The Malla king gave them a small area of land for Muslims to live. Thus they continued their culture and religion and formed a new type of group known as Newar Islam [1]


  1. Nepal Mandal by Kashinath Tamot, through Nepālamaṇḍala Anusandhāna Guthi, p.12
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