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The Julaha are a community of Pakistan and India, which adopted the profession of weaving.


The term Julaha may derive from the Persian julah (ball of thread).[2] Other explanation put forth by Julaha themselves include "jal (net), jils (decorated) or uila (lighted up, or white)".

Both Hindu and Muslim Julaha groups exist; a number of the Muslim Julaha later changed their group name to terms such as Ansari[3] (the prophet Mohammed's term for the Muslims of Medina) or Nurbaf (weaver of light), Persian being a prestigious language amongst area Muslims).[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Nava Kishor Das (23 Jun 2009). Culture, religion, and philosophy: critical studies in syncretism and inter-faith harmony. the University of Michigan. pp. 374 pages. ISBN 978-81-7033-820-8. 
  2. ^ Singh, Kumar Suresh; India, Anthropological Survey of (1993-01-01). The scheduled castes. Anthropological Survey of India. ISBN 9780195632545. 
  3. ^ Gottschalk, Peter (2005-10-27). Beyond Hindu and Muslim: Multiple Identity in Narratives from Village India. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199760527.