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Miaimi, FL, March 17, 2015–Florida International University has just signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with Le Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud (CEIAS) for a research collaboration on transnational migration of South Asian merchant communities in the Western Indian Ocean littoral entitled Rāhē najāt (The path of salvation).
Like all religious hymns, ginans of the Ismaili Muslim community are meant to be performed and experienced. Ginans leverage the power of poetry and music to bring faith, knowledge, devotion and worship into ecstatic harmony. Having originated in India, ginans exhibit close affinity to Indic devotional and musical traditions that requires further academic research. The purpose of this website is to encourage research, access and preservation of performance and practice of ginans.
The worldwide KSIMC numbering less than 150,000 are today scattered in about 40 countries as nationals of over 20 states. When, where, why and how a new breed of Indian tribe known Khoja emerged is often unknown to many members of the Khoja community. This documentary directed by Dr Hasnain Walji revealed to the surprise of many that 600 years ago our ancestors were Hindu who were converted by Muslim Sufi Missionaries and given a fresh tribal identity as 'Khwaja."