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Khawaja (Persian: خواجه‎) is an honorific title used across the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia, particularly towards Sufi teachers. The word comes from the Iranian word khwāja (New Persian: خواجه khāje; Dari khājah; Tajik khoja) and translates as "master", "lord" . The spellings hodja or hoca (Turkish), খাজা (Khaaja) (Bengali), hodža (Bosnian), hoxha (Albanian), хоџа (Serbian), χότζας (chótzas) (Greek), hogea (Romanian), koja (Javanese).[1] The name is also used in Egypt and Sudan to indicate a person with a foreign nationality or foreign heritage.[2]

Khawajas are the Pakhtun Afghan Tribes from Ghazni, these tribes left Afghanistan with different conquerors towards subcontinent for Jihad and Trade. Now a days these tribes are located in Ghazni, Quetta, on the Bank of Jhelum River, and in Balochistan at Kalat, Zhob Mastung and in KPK at Dera Ismail Khan, Swat etc.

See also


  1. ^ S. Robson and S. Wibisono, 2002, Javanese English dictionary ISBN 0-7946-0000-X, sv koja
  2. ^ Albaih, Khalid (2018-11-26). "Jamal Khashoggi's borrowed white privilege made his murder count | Khalid Albaih". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-11-27.