Zahir K. Dhalla: Nine Ginans of Nine Ismaili Pirs – Download Free eBook, available for 3 days

Zahir K. Dhalla: Nine Ginans of Nine Ismaili Pirs - Free eBook for 3 daysZahir K. Dhalla has launched his third non-profit eBook which for a limited time (3 days starting today, that is Friday February 20 to Sunday February 22) he is making available free at You may download this book now to read it later (download information below).

“Nine Ginans of Nine Ismaili Pirs: A Brief History of Khoja Ismailis”

Contains a selection of nine Ginans (hymn-lyrics) of nine Ismaili Pirs (preacher-saints) who originally were sent from Persia-Iran to the Sindh-Gujarat-Punjab regions of South Asia, the first of these nine Pirs arriving in the second half of the 13th century. A brief history of Khoja Ismailis (as the South Asian converts are known) is presented, followed by a detailed word-by-word transliteration and translation. This work should be of interest not only to the younger generations of Khoja Ismailis seeking to know more about their heritage but also to any reader looking for poetry of a different culture.

Net proceeds go to needy school children in author’s birth town Tanga, Tanzania.

Zahir K. Dhalla is a retired GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and IT (Information Technology) freelance consultant in Toronto, Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi, Kenya (mapping science) and the University of Toronto, Canada (computer science). All his eBooks to date are non-profit for the benefit of needy school children in Tanga, Tanzania where the author was born, raised and finished high school. His next publication, currently undergoing final review and edit, is “The Willowdale Jamat Khana Story”. His next project is to make all his eBooks available in print.


Download: Go to Then, click “Buy now with 1-Click” [or equivalent button]. You should see the price as $0.00. You do not necessarily need Kindle reader hardware. You can get a free app from Amazon by clicking “Free Kindle Reading App” or get it from Windows Store or for Android devices from Google Play or for Apple from the Apple Store. Or you can just read it online right there on the Amazon website:

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Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

2 thoughts

  1. Is it not possible to download this anymore

    Yasmin Amarsi RN, RM, PhD The Shakur Jamal Professor Foundation Dean & Professor School of Nursing & Midwifery The Aga Khan University 3rd Parklands Avenue, P.O. Box 39340 – 00623, Nairobi, Kenya Tel. +254 20 3743276/7483/5808


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