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Khoja Heritage Festival

13 December, 2018 00:51
Khoja Heritage Festival

“Khoja Community: Past, Present and Future”

Call for Papers

Date: April 6-7, 2019

Venue: Al-Zahra Centre, 81 Fearnley Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0RB, UK

Proposal Submission Deadline: Jan 14, 2019

This conference is a part of Khoja Heritage Festival and is intended as a community conference in the collaboration among the Khoja Heritage Project of the World Federation of KSIMC and The Council of European Jamaats. Its focus is to stimulate a rigorous discourse pertaining to the adventurous past, affluent present and challenging future of the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Muslim Communities.

The intriguing saga of the Khoja Community is skillfully interwoven by the elements of spirituality and cultural identity. The Community embraced the maddhab of Ahlulbayt (as) in its quest for the true path (Satpanth) and retained the cultural identity to celebrate its distinctive heritage eventually adjusting within the larger Shia Muslim Community. History serves as a model of who we are and what we are to be. We learn from our past in order to plan our future. History does not necessarily confine to narrate the ‘event occurred’ rather invites the reader to relate to the ‘event lived’. It is deliberating on this method of reading history and its impact on the Khoja Community that this conference is primarily concerned.

The organizers of the conference are pleased to invite paper proposals (abstract should not exceed more than 200 words) on one of the areas concerning community’s past, present and future. The conference is part of a larger endeavor aimed at fostering the appreciation of the heritage of the community.


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