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1 Making History: Connecting the Past with the Future Professor Humayun Ansari, Royal Holloway, University of London

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4 Ibn Khaldun ( )

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6 Cover of the Mirror of British Merchandise magazine, 1893

7 Lascars Collage featuring lascars at work and in their lodgings on shore, Illustrated London News, E nlarge Lascars’ working conditions were hard, leading some to jump ship and settle in British ports. They were the earliest Asian working class in Britain. A lanternslide of the Head Lascar posing on the deck of a P and O Linerer E nlarge Ayahs Asian nannies, known as ayahs, played an essential part in the lives of British families in India. Families returning to Britain often brought ayahs with them to take care of the children on the long sea voyage. Highly experienced and resilient women, some ayahs travelled between both countries several times; for example Ms Antony Pareira made the journey on 54 occasions. The Ayahs Home in Hackney East London, London City Mission Magazine, Christian charities were concerned for the welfare of the abandoned ayahs, leading to the founding of The Ayahs’ Home for Indian and Chinese Nannies, opened in Hackney in East London in The home provided refuge for the ayahs, finding many of them new placements with families travelling out to India. Run by the London City Mission, it had 30 rooms, and housed around 100 ayahs each year. The discomfort of the court led to several attempts to malign his character, as the above letter by Lord ShareThis

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9 Sake Deen Mohamed (Founder of the first Indian Restaurant in London – c.1810

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11 Collage featuring lascars at work and in their lodgings on shore, Illustrated London News, 1906

12 Khwaja Kamaluddin and Lord Headley on Pilgrimage, 1923

13 Conversions to Islam, 1960

14 Strangers Home for Asiatics, Africans and South Sea Islanders, 1857

15 Munshi Abdul Karim C.I.E. – Queen Victoria’s Indian Secretary

16 A Yemeni Funeral in South Shields

17 Brick Lane Mosque

18 Lady Evelyn Cobbold, on her estate in Scotland and on Pilgrimage

19 Muslim Burial Ground, Woking, 1915

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21 Liverpool’s First Mosque, 1889

22 In the Main Hall of the Strangers Home

23 Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital

24 1924 Newspaper advertisement for P and O and British India Lines, connecting the empire


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