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Personal Information
Full Name Dewji Bahay Jamal
Well-Known As Dewji Jamal
Birth 1820
Death 1905
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Leaders of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri in India

Dewjī Bahāy Jamāl better known as Dewjī Jamāl (b. 1820- d. 1905) was among the leaders of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri in India. Part of the Khoja were followers of Aghakhan, Imam of Ismailiyya but these khojas later defied him. On a trip to the Holy Shrines in Iraq, Dewji Jamal met Shaykh Zayn al-Abidin Mazandarani and asked him to send some preachers for Khoja Ithna Ashari in Mumbai and Zanzibar. Ayatollah Mazandarani accepted his request and sent [[Mulla Qadir Husayn] to Mumbai in 1873[1] and Shaykh Abu l-Qasim Najafi and [[Sayyid Abd al-Husayn Mar'ashi[[ to Mumbai and Zanzibar respectively in 1885.

Dewji Jamal cooperated with Mulla Qadir to establish the first society for Khoja Ithna Ashari in Mumbai. Members of Dewji Jamal's family including Sharif Dewji, Ja'far Dewji, Muhammad Ja'far Sharif (Muhammad Sharif’s father) and Ahmad Husayn Sharif were among the preachers of the Shiite Islam.[2] Dewji Jamal was buried in Karbala.[3]

Notes

  1. Rawghanī, Shīʿayān-i khoja dar aʾīna-yi tārīkh, p. 131.
  2. ʿArab Aḥmadī, Shīʿayān-i khoja-yi ithnā ʿasharī dar gustari-yi jahān, p. 362-340 notes.
  3. Rawghanī, Shīʿayān-i khoja dar aʾīna-yi tārīkh, p. 170.

References

  • Rawghanī, Zahrā. Shīʿayān-i khoja dar aʾīna-yi tārīkh. Tehran: Pazhūhishgāh-i ʿUlūm-i Insānī wa Muṭāliʿāt-i Farhangī, 1387 Sh.
  • ʿArab Aḥmadī, Amīrbahrām. Shīʿayān-i khoja-yi ithnā ʿasharī dar gustari-yi jahān. Qom: Muʾassisa-yi Shīʿashināsī, 1389 Sh.