Deoband Community Wikimedia

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Deoband Community Wikimedia
Affiliate codeDCW
Country codeIN
Founding dateJuly 31, 2021
Approval dateJanuary 16, 2022
Main officeNew Delhi, India
Official language(s)English and Urdu
Key people
Incorporation paperAffCom Resolution (2022)
(Approximate budget of first-half of 2023)
ReportsReports Index
AffiliationsAffiliations Committee, Wikimedia
Mailing listwikimedia-dcw
MottoFree knowledge!
RemarksThe budget indicated includes individual grants that have been taken to complete certain projects and price of the assets that belong the affiliate.

Deoband Community Wikimedia (abbreviated as DCW and known as Anjuman Wikimedia Deoband in Urdu) is a recognized user-group affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation, consisting of volunteer editors, primarily based in India. It focuses on the global Muslim academia and scholarship including the Western Oriental Islamic scholarship. Taking its name from the Deoband Islamic seminary, it aims at improving Wikipedia and its sister projects with knowledge and information related to but not limited to Muslim academia and scholarship, and history and culture, at a global level, in any language. It does not limit itself to single language projects. The affiliate completed its first successful year with AffCom-recognition on 15 January 2023. The affiliate has a firm resolution for the first-half of 2023.

News and announcements

  • 02-06-2023:The strategic learnings from May 2023 have been published on the Diff blog.
  • 27-05-2023: DCW would be organising a thematic contest on Kashmiri Wikipedia from 15 June to 14 July 2023.
  • 24-05-2023: Our regular meetup for May 2023 has concluded with discussions on our upcoming budget plan.
  • 15-05-2023: The strategic learnings from April 2023 have been published on the Diff blog.
  • 13-05-2023: We had our first offline meet-up in Srinagar, Kashmir.
  • 24-04-2023: The request page has been made live. DCW volunteers may request for internet support from now onwards.
  • 15-04-2023: A proposal concerning leadership development and skills infrastructure has been submitted to the Movement Strategy and Governance Team.


The first draft about the Deoband Community Wikimedia (DCW) was published on Meta-Wiki on 31 July 2021 and it was formally established on that date. Prior to being recognised by the Affiliations Committee on 16 January 2022, the user-group held two introductory meetings on 12 August 2021 and 20 November 2021 respectively.

DCW focusses on anything related to Muslim academia and scholarship and takes its name from the Darul Uloom Deoband, a premier Islamic seminary in India. The seminary is home to the Deobandi movement, one of the major contemporary movements that spreads throughout the world, through a plethora of institutions, scholars, and organizations.

The DCW does not limit itself to any specific language. It focuses on its theme that transcends all the languages and as such it tries to form collaborations with the language affiliates of Wikimedia in order to disseminate knowledge related to its theme on those languages. The Deoband Yoruba Collaborative Project was formed on 25 June 2022 to promote the theme on Yoruba language Wikipedia. On the English Wikipedia, the DCW editors have worked through the DYK and the ITN processes. DCW's major on-wiki accomplishments are recorded here.

DCW hosted events including two offline meetups in Deoband in 2022; the first between 17 and 20 March 2022 and the second on 19 June 2022. A number of initiatives were taken in 2022 which included a series of meetups and little workshops about Wikiquote was organized between 7 August and 10 August 2022 in Delhi. The group hosted Bhopal Photo Event between 15 and 20 October 2022 in Bhopal and organised a thematic edit-a-thon on 30 and 31 October 2022 while celebrating the tenth anniversary of Wikidata. Between 20 November and 16 December 2022, the group participated in the Movement Charter Ambassador Program under the leadership of TheAafi, aiming to represent DCW and the Indic-Urdu language community at a global level.

The DCW also initiated a series of conversations inviting scholars from around the globe, and also the people from within the movement, to build its base strategically. This initiative called the DCW Conversation Hour was inaugurated by Donia Al Domiaty, an Arabic Wikimedian on 30 September 2022. The second lecture of this series was delivered by Dr. Ashraf Dockrat on 13 November 2022.


DCW aims to freely share knowledge related to global Muslim academia and scholarship (historical and contemporary) on Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikiquote, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. The objectives and strategies include:

  • Promoting edit-a-thons related to global Muslim academia and scholarship for Wikipedia, Commons, Wikiquote, Wikidata and several other WMF projects.
  • Inclusion and improvement of thematic knowledge over various language Wikimedia projects. DCW does not focus itself to a single language project.
  • Doing collaborations with local and foreign affiliates and user groups for transferring the thematic knowledge to different languages. Deoband Yoruba Collaborative Project aims for the inclusion of thematic knowledge on Yoruba language Wikipedia.

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