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The Khoja Diaspora

We believe, as many of you also do that the incredible 700-year entrepreneurial migratory history of the Khojas should not be allowed to die just because our elders are passing away. Our response is Khojawiki.org - a not-for-profit collaborative effort to systematically record living people's stories about their own experiences and their recollection of the stories of their parents and other ancestors in their own words, using the power of the Internet.

The Khojas of Western India are recognized by historians and other scholars as a distinct socio-cultural group with their own written script-Khojki and a tradition of preserving spoken and written Kutchi and Gujarati - of literature, song, and dance and finally, a very unique naming tradition that preserves their identity over the centuries. They have had a remarkable journey of enterprise and migration - from farmers to petty traders in Multan and Sind and after migrating with their ruler's conquest of Kutch and Kathiawar in the 1600's, as laborers and street vendors, later moving on as major traders, merchants and industrialists into the the rest of India, Asia and Africa under British imperial domain. That, in turn, has lead to the on-going diaspora to the West where they thrive as businessmen and professionals.

This long history is made up of thousands very rich personal stories of courage, sacrifice, strongly-held family values and a fine tradition of public service or "sewa". And these stories - of each Khoja person and family and as well as the collective "people's" history - is a unique treasure, not only for future generations of that family but also for society.

Due to these multiple transitions, the traditional way of passing down ancestral information from parent to child has been lost and unfortunately, our collective memory stands broken. As more of our elders die, they take with them important links to our complex identity - the very answers that our children and friends demand - who are we and how did we get here. We all know that feeling - that time is taking away something that is being lost forever.

Recently a Dutch history student Gijsbert Oonk, in explaining how his professor persuaded him to write about Indians in East Africa said "He encouraged me to write a history from below or, more specifically, a history of ‘people without history.’"

Those unintended but gravely offensive words have spurred us into this mission.

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We Wish to Honour Some of Our Dedicated Volunteers & Supporters Every Week.

1. Dr. Alnoor Abdulla of Vancouver for his hospitality & words of encouragement;

2. Zeenat Shariff of Toronto for her effort as a coordinator;

3. Dr. Hasnain Walji of MARC for his encouragement;

4. Mukhi Hassanali Walji Kanji of Calgary for his encouragement & support in Kathiawad;

5. Marsha Brown of Toronto for writing up funding proposals;

6. Ali Amlani of Toronto for putting his photographic skills to our use;

7. Mohamed Mullani of Toronto with his donations of office equipment & generous support;

8. Mirza Jaffer of Toronto, for driving seniors;

9. Dr. Shirin Walji of Edmonton for her loan of materials and her warm support;

10. Munira Wazir of Edmonton for support in acquiring personal stories from seniors;

It is Sunday, November 17, 2019, and KhojaWiki.org currently hasover 250 personal histories and 27,163 names on our family tree. See Full List Here 27,163

RECENT PROFILES- Click names for their stories:


HON. ABDUL AZIZ, Member of Parliament


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Abdul Aziz Gulamhusein Remtulla’s life in Ceylon exemplifies the frequent tendency of the Khoja migrants to go beyond their narrow communal interests to engage in the civic life of their new home in order to “payback” to that society. The son of a successful Gwadar-born merchant, Abdul Aziz, as he came to be known in Sri Lanka, made his home in Colombo of the 1930’s and went on to devote more than 50 years of his life to the plight of migrant tea-plantation workers who had been grossly exploited, firstly by the colonial plantation owners and later by the Sri Lankans. During this time, as a trade unionist and politician, Abdul Aziz Bhai became the voice of conscience for successive post-independence governments, earning a reputation as a fearless fighter and a polite and cultured human being, creating political alliances for his cause. Abdul Aziz Bhai died in 1990 and it is a testament to his towering stature in Sri Lankan society that the President, Prime Minister and politicians of all stripes were in attendance at his funeral. The government issued a special commemorative stamp to honour his contributions to that beautiful but sometimes troubled nation. Read more

Earliest Historical Reference To Khoja Merchants = 1543 AD

Check it out here!!! Khoja Shams-ud-din Gillani

INDEX OF OVER 250 PERSONAL HISTORIES IN KHOJAWIKI-Click on the name to read the full INTERESTING story.

1. Abdallah Ratansi

2. Abdul Aziz

3. Abdulali Esmail Somji

4.Abdulhussein Peera Dewjee

5. ‎ Abdulla Jetha

6. Abdulla Shariff Kanji

7. Abdullah Hashim Gangji

8. Abdullah Ibrahim Rahimtoola

9.Abdullah Jaffer Lakhpati

10. Abdulrasul Alibhai Kassim-Lakha

11.Alibhai Nanji

12. Abdulrasul Allidina Visram

13. Abualy Alibhai Aziz

14 Abdulrasul Fazal Moloo

15.Ali Muhammad Jan Muhammad Chunara

16 Adam Adu

17. Adam Akberali

18. AG Abdulhussein

19. Ahmed Devji

20. Ahmed Ibrahim Rahimtoola

21. Ahmedali Nizari

22. Akber Maherali Sorathia

23. Akberbhai Makhani

24. Akberali Fazal Ismail

25. Akberali Merali Jiwa

26. Al Noor Kassum

27. Alarakhia Dossani

28.Alibhai Lalji Kara Abhwani

29. Alibhai Gulamhusein Jiwani

30. Alibhai Hasham Rawji

31. Alidina Asani

31A Alladina Giga Patney

32.Ali Sachoo

33. Amil Issa Shivji

34 Alidina Kanji Ramji

35.Allidina Visram

36. Allu Visram[

37. Alnashir Hasham

38. Alnoor Hassanali Karim Abdulla

39. Alyque Padamsee

40.Ameerali R Jumabhoy

41. Amersi Manji Lakhani

42.Amil Issa Shivji

43. Amin Kassam

44. Aminbhai Nazerali Abhwani

45. Amir Habib Jamal

46. Amir Husein Kheraj

47. Amirali Bhatia

48. Anverali Aziz Charania

49. Arif Virani

50.Assa Danidina

51. Azim Premji

52. Aziz Charania

53. Aziz Hashim

54. Aziz Tejpar

55. Bud Sayany

56. Badru G. Moosa

57. Badrudin Hassam Satchu

58. Ben Kingsley

59. Bhanji Jiwa

60. Bhimji Hamir

61. Cassum J. Rahimtoola

62. Currimbhoy Ebrahim

63. Datardina Wandani

64.Datoo Meru

65. Dahya Punja

66 Dhanji Jadavji Bhatia

67. Dolly Bhanji

68. Dewji Jamal

69 Dewjee Parpia

70. Dharamsi Khatau

71.Dolatkhanu Alibhai Jiwani

72. Ebrahim Jamal Pradhan

73.Esmail Jetha

74. Faisal Devji

75. Fakirmohamed Gaidher

76. Fatma Peera Dewjee

77. Fatmabai Kassamali Bhatia

78. Fazal Ibrahim Rahimtoola

79. Fazal Khamis Valli Nathu

80. Fazal Master

81. Fazalbhoy Currimbhoy Ebrahim

82. Firoz Goa

83. Firoz Shroff

84. Firoze Madatally Manji

85. Gulamali Jina Madhavji

86. Gulamhussein Bhaloo Kurji

87.Gulamhusein Khamis Valli

88. Gulamhusein Moloo Hirji

89. Gulamhusein Rajpar Ladak

90. Gulamhussein Abdulrasul Dhalla

91. Gulamhussein Dedhar

92. Gulamhussein Moledina Bhimani

93. Gulamhussein Remtulla

94. Gulsaker Dewji

95. Gulu Ramji

96. Habib Adat Dewji

97. Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola

98. Habib R.Lalani

99.Habib Mawji Nathani

100. Haider Hasham

101Haider Pirbhai Jetha

102. Haji Dada

103. Haji Ladak

104. Hasanaly Currimbhoy Ibrahim

105. Hasham Jamal Pradhan

106. Hasham Jessa

107. Hashum J. Rahimtoola

108. Hassan Bhanji Jiwa

109. Hassanali Abdulla CHagpar

110. Hassanali Nanji Balolia

111.Hassanali Nanji Giga

112.Hassanali Nasser Thaver

113. Hassanali Walji Kanji

114. Hoosenaly Rahimtoola

101AHusein Mohamedally Nazarally

115. Hussein Alibhai Mullani

116. Hussein Jaffer Bhimji Colombowalla

117. Hussein Walji Nayani

118. Ibrahim Ladha

119Ibrahim Meru

120.Ibrahim Nathoo

121 Iqbal Gilani

122. Ismail Gangji

123.Ismail H Ebrahim

124Ibrahim Suleman Haji

125Ismail Mohamed Dewji

126. Ismail Rahimtulla Walji Hirji

127. Issa Gulamhussein Shivji

128. Issa Kassam Abji

129. Jadavji Walji Bhatia

130. Jaffar Ahmed Nizari

131.Jaffer Bhimji

132 Jaffer Daya

133. Jafferbhoy Gangji

135. ‎Jaffer Padamsee

136. Jaffer Rahimtoola

137. Jafferali Ali Meghji

138. Jafferali Dhanji Suleman

139 Jamal Bhanji Jiwa

140. Jamal Pradhan- Kisumu

141. Janmohammed Bhanji Jiwa

142. Janmohamed Hansraj

143. Jeraj Shariff

144. Jina Madhavji

145. Jivraj Khatau

146. John Shamsudin Karmali

147. Juma Lalji Ladha

148. Kabir Jivraj

149. Kaderbhoy Adam

150. Kamrudin Hasham Jessa

151. Kamrudin Jeraj Shariff

152. Kanji Jetha Lala

153. Kara Ruda

154. Kara Samji Abhwani

155. Karamali Dahya Walji

156. Karim Jamal

157. Karim Moledina Pirani

158. Kassam Abji

159. Kassam Dewji

160. Kassam Haji

161. Kassam Rawji Mullani

162. Kassamali Hirji Jessani

163. Kassamali Paroo

164. Khamisa Devraj

165. Khoja Shams-ud-din Gillani

166. Kulsum Abdulrasul Wazir

167. Kulsumbai Abdulla Hasham

168.Labai Vellani

169Ladha Mawji

170.Lalji Kara Abhwani|

171. Lalji Ladha

172. Laljibhai Devraj

173. Madatali Rehmtulla Nanji

174. Madatally Manji

175. Madhavjee Jessani

176. Maherali Gokal Versi

177. Maheroon Mawji

178. Maqbool Habib Rahimtoola

179. Mamda Kassam

180. Manbai Rahimtoola

181. Manji Ghulamhussian Padamsee

182. Mehboob Dewji

183. Mehboob Madhavjee Jessani

184. Mithibai Habib Dewji

185. MohamedJaffer Ramzanali Hansraj

186. Mohamed Manek

187 Mohamed Suleman Zanzibar

188. Mohamedali Pirbhai

189. Mohamedally Rattansi

190. Mohamed-Jaffer Habib Bhayani

191.Mohamed Nanji Nathani

191 A Mohamedali Suleman Meghji

192. Mohammad Rahimtoola

193. Mohammed Gulam Dewji

194. Mohamedali Natha Hirji

195. MohamedHussein Karim Gaidher

196. Moloobhai Alarakhia Dossani

197. Muhammad (Mohomedali) Jinnah

198. Muhammad Muradali Juma

199. Muhammed Hashim Premji

200. Mumtaz Akberali

201. Murad Rajabali Velshi

202. Murabbi Shariff Jiwa Surti

203. Mussabhai Ismat

205. Naaz Bandali

206. Nadiya Mohemedali Mandani

207. Naheed Nenshi

208. Najarali Mohmedali Pattni

209. Najmudin Kassam Dewji

210.Nargis Dhanji Bhatia

211 Nargis Ali Ashgar Hamadanee

212.Nasser Noormohamed

213.Nasser Lila

214.Nasser Virji

215. Natha Hirji

216. Naushad Noorali Merali

217. Nazerali Dewji

218. Nazerali Lalji Abhwani

219 Nensi Parpia

220. Nizar (Nizoo) Ismail Munjee

221. Noor Nagji

222. Nooruddin Mohammed Rahimtoola

223. Nurbanu Gulamhussein Moledina

224 Nurdin Merali Jiwa

225. Nurmohamed Jeraj Shariff

226. Padamsee Viru

227. Parvez Vira

228. Peera Dewjee

229.Pira Khimji

230.P.V. Rajan

231. Rahemtulla Walji Virji

232. Rahim Ajmudin Samnani

233. Rahimtoola Kaderbhoy

234. Rahimtulla Walji Hirji

235. Rajabali Meghji Visram

236.Rajabali Jumabhoy

237Ramji Ladha Mullani

238. Ramzan Hasham Jamal

239. Ramzanali Shariff Jamal

240. Rashid Adat Dewji

241. Rashid Kassam Nanji

242. Ratansi Alwani

243. Razia Gulmohamad

244. Razia Nathani Suleman

245. Rehmat Bai Ratansi

246. Rishad Azim Premji

247. Rosy Kassam

248. Rozina Visram

249. Sadru Kassam

250. Sadrudin Hasham Ramji

251. Sadrudin Rajabali Meghji

252. Sakar Kassamali Jessani

253. Saleem Kassum

254. Salim Bhanji

255. Saukat Dhanani

256. Sewa Haji Paroo

257. Shamshu Alidina

258. Shamshu Bhanji Jiwa

259. Sherali Bandali Jaffer

260.Sherali Thaver

261 Sherali Jaffer Bhimani

262.Sherbanu G.Jina Madhavji

263.Shiraz Sumar

264. Sir Ibrahim Rahimtoola

265. Somji Chaggan

266. Sugra Allidina Visram

267. Suleman J. Rahimtoola

268. Sultan Habib Kassam Dewji

269. Sultan Kamrudin Jessa

270. Sir Tharia Topan

271. U Kan Gyi

272. Valabhai M Nazarali

273. Walji Kanji

274. Yasmeen Premji

275.Yusuf A. Karim

276.Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

277. Yasmin Ajijbai Mithwani 278. Yasmin Ratansi

279. Zahra (Zara) Nanji

280. Zainub Verjee

281 Zarina Mohamed Khimji Punjani

(284)Zerakhanu Dhanji Bhatia

285. Zerakhanu R.F.Alidina

286. Zubeida Sultan Chinoy

287. Zulfikar Amirali H.Juma

Compiled by Javid Jeraj


The Quedagh Merchant

17th Century ships built by Indians in Surat"

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A wealthy Khoja merchant from Surat, whose ship, the "Quedagh Merchant", Captain William Kidd, notorious British pirate, captured and for which he was hanged 300 years ago!Read More



During a recent visit to the German National Archives in Koblenz, we discovered some recently digitized records from Tanzania - a couple of very detailed German Colonial Handbooks dated 1903-1904-and 1908.

From those, our volunteers have painstakingly extracted all recorded Khoja family names & details and added them on to the Khojawiki website database.

This is a valuable find- thousands of Khojas from Tanzania can now find confirmation of their family oral history...of their great-grandparents and trace them to various towns and villages of their first settlement, including the Dukas and other businesses they established. We have names and business details from centers like Morogoro, Kilosa, Bagamoyo, Dar es Salaam, Pangani, etc. and also from small “bush” settlements like Magalla, etc.

All the towns and names are listed underneath and the detailed information for each ancestor is up-loaded on the Khojawiki database. Please check your family name on the general search engine above to see if your ancestor has been recorded.

Once again, we at Khojawiki are very proud of our volunteers who are trying to preserve our family heritage so our grandchildren can know their real past.



Mr. I. I. Dewji, Director of the Khoja Oral Family History Documentation Project was invited to speak to a conference at Mumbai University that included, amongst many other scholars, the Directors of the two very prestigious academic institutions engaged in Khoja Studies-The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) of the University of Paris and the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

Mr. Dewji's presentation was on the subject of "Crowd-sourcing and Wiki initiatives in history preservation."

We are pleased to provide a video of his talk:


A constant complaint in the West is that children do not understand grandparents when they speak Kutchi language. Valuable opportunities for transmitting knowledge, history or just family interaction are lost.

Whilst it may be hard to learn a whole new language, Alykhan Kaba has a solution - a web-based translator app that will help you with over several thousand words. It's free and run by a not-for-profit organization.

http://www.kutchilanguageonline.org is an open website where you can translate almost all words that we commonly encounter in Kutchi. It provides English to Kutchi and reverse.

Try it. Surprise Nanimaa. It will be fun and it will heartwarming.

I.I.Dewji Director, Khojawiki.org


Khojawiki.org was the venue for the launch in Canada of a new book on short stories “Diasporic Distractions” marking the Indian diaspora in Africa with a particular focus on the end of the colonial era.

The book was launched by Iqbal Dewji, Director of Khojawiki.org at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto on Sunday 6th May 2018.


We are extremely pleased to announce that the 1st Khojawiki Drop-In Centre is in operation at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Don Mills. Located opposite the Agakhan Museum, it is convenient for our seniors to come for a cup of chai and share their personal stories with our dedicated group of volunteers, who then enter the narratives, photos and other mementos on this website for preservation. The center is bright, spacious and has a room dedicated to audio-visual recordings to keep for posterity. All are welcome between 11 am to 6 pm on week-days. The weekend is by appointment.

Our complete contact:

KHOJAWIKI, 6 Garamond Court, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, M3C 1Z5

Tel: (647) 428-5890

Email: contact@khojawiki.org

Directions to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre


Almost 2000 people globally have joined our Facebook group "KHOJAWIKI" and now receive great stories about our people weekly. Please go to the Facebook group “Khojawiki” and add yourselves as members.


In Canada, high school students must volunteer 40 hours to the community service and as a registered charity, we are qualified to provide the certification. Please contact us if you can get youth in your family to build your family tree and at the same time qualify for these hours. Guaranteed, they would likely never forget their ancestral lineage!Contact


Can you spare any time for this project? Volunteer here:Contact