What Wall Plaques Tell US About the Khoja Civic Society

By Sultan Somjee

When my long lost third cousin, Arif Rawji, brought back the wall plaque of our great Wallgrandfather Rajan Bapa (1853 -1929), carrying it in his rucksack from Juno Savar in Gujarat ( to Calgary in Alberta, many stories ran through my mind. The immediate ones were family and migration stories about the ancestor we call Rajan Bapa that the Mombasa Jamat knew as Mukhi Rajan Nanji. Mukhi Rajan Bapa’s involvement in the building of Jamatkhanas led me to reflect on the Ismaili Khoja tradition of giving, which created properties for communal benefit and planted the roots of the civic society in both Africa and India.

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

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  1. Extremely interesting.
    My late grandmother,not biological,the second wife of the late dr rajabally visram patel was a somjee
    This will help me in
    Understanding the her visits to east africa,in the 1960s
    She lived in bombay.


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