Vali Jamal’s piece “Remembering Kampala Jamatkhana – Special in so many ways” launches Simerg’s special series, The Jamatkhana – A Place of Spiritual and Social Convergence as the Web site celebrates its 2nd anniversary. Dr. Jamal who is completing his monumental work on the Ugandan Asians goes back as far as he can remember and recounts his childhood memories of the unique Kampala Jamatkhana.
Writes Jamal: “Kampala Jamatkhana was special because most Kampala Ismailis lived within a mile-circle of it until the mid-1950s, making it the centre of our social as well as religious life. To top it all it’s one jamatkhana that for most of the jamat lives only in their memories because of the expulsion.” Jamal’s description of some of the details of the Jamatkhana life is bound to evoke nostalgia. We look forward to receiving accounts from other readers about their own Jamatkhanas.