Khan Sahib

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This article discusses the British Indian title. For other meanings, see Khan (disambiguation)
Khan Sahib Medal
Awarded by Viceroy & Governor-General of India on behalf of the British Indian Government
Type Civil decoration
Eligibility Muslim, Parsi and Jewish Commonwealth subjects of British India
Awarded for Public service
Status Discontinued since 1947
Post-nominals KS
Last awarded 1947
Next (higher) Khan Bahadur
Equivalent Rai Sahib (for Hindus)
Next (lower) Khan
Sanad (Citation) conferring the title of Khan Sahib to Dossabhoy Muncherji Raja

Khan Sahib (Bengali: খ়ান সাহিব, Hindi: ख़ान साहिब, Urdu: خان صاحب) - a compound of khan (leader) and sahib (master) - was a formal title of respect and honour, which was conferred exclusively on Muslim, Parsi and Jewish subjects of the British Indian Empire.[1] It was a title one degree higher than the title of Khan.


The title was conferred along with a medal and a citation (or sanad) and the recipient was entitled to prefix the title to his name. The title was conferred on behalf of the British Indian Government by the Viceroy and Governor-General of India.[citation needed]

The title "Khan Sahib" was originally conferred by the Mughal Empire on Muslim subjects in recognition of public services rendered and was adopted by the British Indian Empire for the same purpose. Hindu subjects of the British Indian Empire were conferred the title of "Rai Sahib". Since there were no separate titles for Parsi and Jewish subjects, the British Indian Empire conferred the Muslim title of Khan Sahib to Parsi and Jewish subjects as well.[citation needed]


The chronological list of recipients below is not exhaustive.

1940. To Sahibzada Khurshid Ali Khan in recognition of services for the British Indian government. He served in the British foreign service in 1940s. He was from wayanwali sharif, distt. Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan.

3 June 1918 Pir Syed Karam Shah of Shorkot via letter from Viceroy Barnes Court Simla. Original letter and Parchment document still available

  • November 19, 1935, Malik Ghulam Hussain, Musaufi, Kalat State, Mastung.


  1. ^ Joan G. Roland (1998). The Jewish communities of India. Transaction Publishers. p. 35. ISBN 0765804395. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  2. ^ Azam, K.M., Hayat-e-Sadeed: Bani-e-Dar ul Islam Chaudhry Niaz Ali Khan (A Righteous Life: Founder of Dar ul Islam Chaudhry Niaz Ali Khan), Lahore: Nashriyat, 2010 (583 pp., Urdu) ISBN 978-969-8983-58-1
  3. ^ . Ittefaq.Com. 2009-10-30 Retrieved 2011-10-17.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  4. ^ Yagana e Kashmir by Brig M. Sadiq Khan and Dr Ghulam Hussain Azhar
  5. ^ Iqbal Ahmad Rashid (2004-03-06). "Maulana Zafar Ali Khan". storyofpakistan. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 

In 1945 Syed Mohammed Zakaria from Central Indian Police Service was awarded the title of Khan Sahib in recognition of his distinguished service to the British Empire.

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