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"Khwaja" redirects here. For the city in Iran, see Khajeh. For the village in Iran, see Bagh-e Khvajeh.

Khawaja or khwaja is an honorific title used across the Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia, particularly towards Sufi teachers. The word comes from the Iranian word khwāja (New Persian khājé) and translates as "master", "lord". The spellings hodja or hoca (Turkish), hodža (Bosnian), hoxha (Albanian), hodža (Serbian), hotzakis (Greek), hogea (Romanian) and al-khawaja[1] are also used.

People using the name[edit]


In the historical order where possible:


See also[edit]

  • Khwajagan, a chain of Central Asian Naqshbandi Sufi Masters from the 10th to the 16th century
  • Khoja (Turkestan), a title of the descendants of the Central Asian Naqshbandi Sufi teacher, Ahmad Kasani
  • Hoca, Turkish spelling of Khawaja
  • Hoxha, Albanian surname
  • Hodžić, Bosniak surname


  1. ^ Al Rehanad (book of Origins)