Deoband Community Wikimedia User Group
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|Deoband Community Wikimedia User Group|
|Founding date||31 July 2021|
|Approval date||16 January 2022|
|Official language(s)||English, Urdu|
The Deoband Wikimedia User Group (officially, Deoband Community Wikimedia User Group; abbreviated as DCW UG) is a group of Wikimedia editors primarily based in India, who aim to write about issues related to the famous Islamic seminary, Darul Uloom Deoband at a global level, in any language Wikipedia. The group promotes such projects, as the name indicates.
The group has worked on the English Wikipedia, through the DYK and the ITN. As a part of the program, the Hayāt al-Mashāyikh (The Life of the Elders) was launched on various social media platforms in June 2021, to help promote the goals of the group and inspire people to write about the scholars associated with the Deoband Islamic seminary. The introductory session was held on 12 August 2021 on Google meet app.
The list of students of Mahmud Hasan Deobandi was promoted to a Featured List in December 2020 on the Urdu Wikipedia. Likwise, two major articles associated with the Darul Uloom Deoband, i.e. Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and Mahmud Hasan Deobandi were promoted to Good Article status on the English Wikpedia in July 2021. The major accomplishments of the group are recorded here.
- To promote Edit-a-thons (around the Darul Uloom Deoband) for Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wiktionary, Wikiquote and Wikidata, primarily in India.
- Promoting editing/improving the Darul Uloom Deoband related content over various Wikimedia projects such as the English and Urdu Wikipedia, Wikidata.
- The group would involve in training of individuals in understanding the relevant Wikipedia notability guidelines, through online and offline workshops.
- The group also promotes the addition of Islamic calligraphic images to the related biographical entries on Wikipedia.
Events and activities
As discussed in our introductory meet on 12 August 2021, we plan to focus on available subjective articles on the English and Urdu Wikipedia and improve them with content, images, and copyediting during the first year. We further discussed our future goals and strategy in our second introductory meet on 20th November 2021. Between 17 and 20 March 2022, an offline meet was arranged in Deoband. A pre-planned offline workshop with the collaboration of Bayt al-Hikmah Deoband remains postponed due to unavailability of resources.
Focus and justifications
The group focusses on anything related to the Darul Uloom Deoband, even at the distant contact; people, books, academic centers of learning, universities, whatever, at a global level. The Deobandi movement is one of the major contemporary movements that spreads throughout the world, through a plethora of Islamic institutions, scholars, and organisations.
Since the group focuses on topics and issues that bear a connection with the Darul Uloom Deoband, commonly known as Deoband (irrespective of the town), the group is named the Deoband Wikimedia User Group.
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