The Nawayath (also spelled as Naiti, Navayath and Nawayat) are an Indian community and a subgroup of Konkani Muslims.

The Indian historian Omar Khalidi says they are one of three groups of Indian Muslims who has used the Nawayarh name. These groups have common origins in the Arabian Peninsular and the Persian Gulf regions, where they were mariners and merchants. and that they have also been called Nait, Naiti, Naita. groups is based mainly in the Hassan, Bhatkal, Tonse, Malpe, Shiroor, Gangolli,Sagar, Kandlur, Murdeshwar -Hassan- Karnataka, while another is nowadays found in Chennai around Royapettah who have moved from Meenambur, a small village located between Gingee and Villupuram in the Villupuram District in the State of Tamil Nadu. A third group are generally known today as Konkani Muslims, after the region in which they live.[1]


Nawayats are migrants predominantly from Yemen and Turkey, who married into another trading community of India, the Jains who had been converted to Islam more than 1,000 years ago.[2][3] With this a new caste system emerged.[4]


  1. ^ Khalid, Omar (2006). Muslims in the Deccan: A Historical Survey. New Delhi: Global Media Publications. pp. 17–18.
  2. ^ "Don't hold a few bad apples against us, says Bhatkal". Business Standard. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ "How prosperous Bhatkal town earned terror tag". The Times of India. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  4. ^ "'Indians rarely married outside after caste system came into being'". The New Indian Express. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2017.