- Oct 2012
- Des Moines, Iowa
Furthermore, Bengal became Muslim majority during this period. Immigration into Bengal was as much a factor in Islamization as was conversion of local populace. Therefore, it is more than likely that a significant part of the Bengali Muslims have foreign ancestry, though there's no way to quantify it into percentages.
If any immigration played a big role in shaping Bengali demographics, it would be immigration of Hindustani laborers and cultivators from the Gangetic plains, who might be attracted by the abundant, newly-available farmland of Mughal-era Bengal.