by I.I.Dewji, Editor, Khojawiki.org (2019)
Researching Khoja families’ histories from East Africa, I came across a most intriguing item.
Back in the 1960s, Rai Shamshudin Tejpar, a Dar-es-Salaam Khoja Ismaili missionary (preacher) had once intimated to his audience that somewhere in history, a Khoja-owned ship had been captured by a notorious English pirate. Although this was quite probable as it is well-known that Khoja merchants were active in the Indian Ocean littoral trading area from as early as 16th century and were frequently mentioned in Portuguese official documentation of the mid-1500 (See Khoja Shams-ud-din Gillani, a business associate of the Portuguese governors of Goa) – the piracy connection was something I had never heard of.
Then, in March 2017, Shirin Walji, an Ismaili Studies scholar from Edmonton donated her collection of East African materials to Khojawiki and included in there was a clipping from 1936 in a Zanzibari newspaper called in “Samachar” and sure enough, it provided the following titbit:
Read more at the source: http://khojawiki.org/The_Quedagh_Merchant