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KHOJAS. The Indian term khoja is derived from the Persian khvdjah ("master, teacher, respected, well-todo-person"), which was the title given by the Persian Isma'ili missionary Pir Sadruddin to his Hindu Indian converts to Islam in the fourteenth century. The definitive history of the Khoja community remains to be written: the community experienced factionalism in its early period, so much written in subsequent decades suffered from subjective (at times, hostile and prejudicial) analysis of its ...more

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