Khojki or Khojiki was used almost exclusively by the Khoja community
in parts of South Asia such as Sindh in southern Pakistan. It was used
mainly for Shia Muslim Ismaili religious literature, as well as literature
for a few secret Shia Muslim sects. Khojki is still used to some extent by
the Ismaili religious community.
According to the Nizari Ismaili tradition Khojki was created by Pir
Sadardin, an Ismaili missionary who worked with the Hindu Lohana
community of Sind during the 15th century. Khojki first appears
in manuscripts in around 1737 and was thought to have become distinct
from the Landa alphabet during the 16th century.
Many books and lithographs in Khojki were published in the 20th
century after metal types for Khojki were produced by Laljibhai Devraj.
The name Khojki comes from the Sindhi word khojā,
from the Persian word خواجہ
(ḵẖwājah - master, lord). Literally
it means "of the master".
Type of writing system: abugida or syllabic alphabet
Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
Used to write: Sindhi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and other languages