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Khoja Shams-ud-din Gillani


Place of birth Cannanore
Country of birth India
Date of Birth 1488/12
Date of Death 1556
Place of Death Daman


Place of longest stay Cannanore (Kunnur) Kerala
Profession or occupation carried out for the longest period in life: Merchant Prince
Where Daman
Family tree click here
Brother
Full name Khoja Abdul Jabbar

"A great merchant, Khoja Shams-ud-din had his commercial establishments in Arabia & Persia.He received the "cartes" from the Portuguese to send his cargo ships to Mecca & Ormuz. In 1543, he sent three ships with commodities to Mecca and the Persian Gulf.

He had his brother, Abdul Jabbar, (Jaffer?ed.) in Arabia and there were great trading houses in the Red Sea. It was through this way that spices reached Cairo and other marts of the Mediterranean and finally various parts of the Continent (Europe ed.)

Thus, Shams-ud-din had a large network of international trade besides being one of the most important merchants of India collaborating with the Portuguese."

Teotonio R. De Souza - Indo-Portuguese History:Old Issues,New Questions (pp-5)(Concept,Delhi)


“European travel literature of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries refers to the Jains, when the ‘Banias’ of Muscat are described. Among other details,it was noted that they were pure vegetarians who took great care in preserving all forms of life, even insects. Among the Muslim merchant communities, the Shia Khojas and Sunni Memons were highly active in the Arabian Sea trade.”

S. Jeyaseela Stephen - The Indian Trade at the Asian Frontier (pp-194)


"In 1550, a new equilibrium of relations was struck; the Portuguese state managed to reach an accommodation with some major Pardesi traders, such as Khoja Shams-ud-din Gilani of Cannanore."

Luis de Albuquerque and IndIcio Guerrciro - Khoja Shams-ud-din, Comerciante de Cananor na primeira metade do sIculo XVI’, A etas do II Seminario Intemacional de Historia Indo-Portuguesa, Lisbon, 1985, (pp. 227-40.)


"The growing cooperation with such persons as Shams-ud-din was in part the consequence of strategic considerations; from him, the Portuguese received crucial information on the Ottoman Empire"

S. Jeyaseela Stephen - The Indian Trade at the Asian Frontier (pp-118)


"Then, separate from these, there were important Isma’ili groups in coastal Gujarat which, according to tradition, all originated in the reign of Siddharaja (1094-1143). The Ismaili communities of Bohras and Khojas became larger in Gujarat than anywhere else in India, largely through conversion. Thanks to their connections with non-Muslim mercantile groups they were relatively successful in penetrating inland markets in western India as well, and they made their presence felt in many parts of the western Indian Ocean littoral."

André Wink - Indo-Islamic Society: 14th - 15th centuries Part lll (pp 197)