Genealogies are very important for the history of the community before the arrival of the Imams in India. For example, preserved within the KH 38b folio 32a manuscript (right) is a single document giving the Shajara (genealogy) of Pirinfo-icon Shams, his wives and children.

The titles of Kamadia and Khiate appear in this manuscript, reflecting the da‘wa system in India. Such individuals worked with the Pirs and Sayyids to perform the tasks of education, preaching, teaching, and generally maintaining the affairs of the community, which were spread across several provinces of the subcontinent.

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