The Khalifa are a predominantly Muslim caste based in Valsad district, Gujarat, India; also residing within Islamabad the capital of Pakistan and Lyari, Karachi, Pakistan. The Khalifa caste are classed as Indo-Arabs as they are Muslim although some claim to have African heritage.[1] Traditionally barbers and musicians, many immigrated to the United Kingdom in the 1960s, and are today active in their traditional roles in their adopted country.[1]


  1. ^ a b Baily, John (1 March 2006). "'Music is in our blood': Gujarati Muslim Musicians in the UK". Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 32 (2): 257–270. doi:10.1080/13691830500487241. S2CID 144517575. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2012.