hodja

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Turkish hoca, from Persian خواجه (khâje).

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Noun[edit]

hodja (plural hodjas)

  1. A Muslim schoolmaster.
    • 1916, unnamed narrator, quoted in 2008, Viscount Bryce (editor), The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire: Documents Presented to Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, by Viscount Bryce, page 315,
      The next night I heard two hodjas talking, under my window, of a terrible massacre of the Armenians that had just taken place in the mountains; they seemed to be very sorry about it and spoke of it with horror; they did not know, of course, that I was listening.
    • 1926, Halide Edib, House with Wisteria: Memoirs of Turkey Old and New, 2005 Facsimile Edition, page 88,
      A young boy chanted the Koran while our hodja sat by the low table swaying himself to its rhythm.
    • 2007, Henry Morgenthau, Ambassador Morgenthau's Story: A Personal Account of the Armenian Genocide, page 14,
      "I hate all priests, rabbis, and hodjas," he once told me — hodja being the nearest equivalent the Mohammedans have for a minister of religion.