Muslims in the First World War

School of Education
Social Sciences
Tuesday 15th September 2015 (18:00-19:00)
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CONNECTED HISTORIES: MUSLIMS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR is a Heritage Lottery funded, Library of Birmingham supported, project exploring the involvement and contributions of Muslims during the First World War. The project takesa unique approach to this aspect of British, Muslim and world history.

The project is especially interested in: „

  • The stories of Muslims who fought in the War, especially what is remembered among their descendants.
  • The Muslim role in the British Merchant Navy during the War. Nearly two thousand campaign medals for service between 1914-1918, to seaman or ‘lascars’ from Berbera (in Somaliland), Aden, Sylhet, Dacca, Karachi, and more.

'my great grandfather, Feroze Khan] being injured. He didn’t go into it in any great detail. Exactly how he was injured... all he recalls is that he returned from war. He had fought with the British... mostly, he was on horseback. I believe he was a captain... in the Kashmiri Lancers. So he was a captain there, and he was injured, and he was honourably discharged from battle...that was what the certifi cate also relayed'.