Read about the first ever Khoja Heritage Tour in India.
Updated on 12 March 2018
Khoja Studies Course by the Khoja Heritage Project
The World Federation's Khoja Heritage Project (KHP) Team are pleased to introduce an interactive online course called Khoja Studies Course that will run for 1 hour every Tuesday for 10 weeks.
The course starts on 10th April and will end on 12th June, Insha’Allah. Enrolment submissions for this course has ended on 6th April 2018. To reserve your place, complete the application form which can be found here. Applications are now closed.
This online interactive course will be presented by Dr Hasnain Walji, Former President of the WF, currently the Chair of the KHP. Dr Hasnain Walji a verbally spoken historian who has been engaged in community service for the past four decades and recently produced a two-hour documentary "The Khoja’s - A Journey of Faith”.
This course will assist the participant to understand the Khoja history from where it started and at which stage we are at the moment. We will discuss and examine the important accomplishments of the Khoja heritage which will further help the participant to appreciate the community’s collective efforts.
The milestones of the community history will be explored through the interactive style presentation which will also provide ample time to deliberate on the issues which may arise during or after every session.
It is all about learning the history from someone who has lived through some of these events.
We will initially begin with discussing the ideological and cultural influences of the various castes of Indians of the tenth century. The course will examine the contribution of the various missionaries in articulating Islamic beliefs in an indigenous framework.
Afterwards, we will highlight the political events of British colonial India and extensively discuss its impact on local communities, including Khojas.
A significant amount of the course would require us to go over the milestones of the then latent Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Community, which will eventually lead to being a key player in the current global Khoja environment.
Convener: Dr. Hasnain Walji
Application form: Click here
Dates: Every Tuesday from 10th of April
Timings: 19:00 GMT
Number of participants: Limited spaces
Topics to be covered:
1. Genesis - Hindu Mythology
2. Pir Sadr Din and Khoja Identity
3. Arrival of Aga Khan in India
4. First Split - Bar Bhaya Revolt
5. Karbala Visited by Dewji Jamal et al
6. 1866 Khoja Case
7. Arrival of Qadar Hussein in Mumbai
8. Second Split and Tribulations
9. Hajj Naji Emerges and the Era of Tabligh
10. Institutionalization of the KSI Community globally
Earlier this month, in collaboration with The World Federation of KSIMC and Florida International University, the first ever Khoja Studies conference was hosted in Paris. Its focus was to bring together transdisciplinary international research on the history of the Khoja peoples.
Dr Muhammad F. Walji, PhD, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, has been chosen to be a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.