Author Archives: BMRI

Begum Rokeya | Pioneering Reformer and Science Fiction Writer


Ruqaiyyah Khatun (b. 1880 – d. 1932), better known as Begum Rokeya, was born into a wealthy and learned Muslim family in the village of Pairaband in present-day Mithapukur Sub-District (Upazila) of Rangpur in northern Bangladesh. Her father, Zahir al-Din Muhammad Abu Ali Haidar Sabir, was a prominent landholder (zamindar) who traced his ancestry back to one Babar Ali Abul

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MUSLIM CONQUEROR OF BENGAL: Bangladesh is Muhammad Bakhtiyar Khalji’s Great Legacy

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Mahmud of Ghazni crossing the Ganges, from the history of the Ghaznawids section in the Jami‛ al-Tawarikh of Rashid al-Din.

Muhammad Bakhtiyar Khalji was born in Garamsir (located in modern-day Dasht-i-Marg) in Central Afghanistan, into the tribe of Khalaj in Khaljistan. Although little is known about his early life, according to his biographers, Muhammad Bakhtiyar Khalji was a brave and ambitious young man. Short in height and of slim build, with unusually long arms, he wanted to become a soldier.

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Book Review: Poems from Bangladesh

 Ballads from Bangladesh : An Anthology of Poems (Translated by Helal Uddin Ahmed and introduced by Syed Manzoorul Islam; Dhaka: Sucheepatra, February 2009) Every human society has its own shape, its own meanings, and its own stories; and literature of every society has immense merit and significance because it tells us stories of the people of that society and artistically

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Pioneers of Islam in Bengal: The Early Muslim Saints of Bangladesh and West Bengal

The Mosque of Shah Jalal

As a faith and culture, Islam came in contact with the coastal regions of the subcontinent much earlier.  According to some historians, the Arabs had been travelling to Ceylon, Sumatra, Java, Malabar, Maldives and the other coastal regions of India from the very early days of Islam. Sayyid Sulaiman Nadwi, author of Ard ul-Qur’an (A Geographical History of the Qur’an),

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Nawab Abdul Latif: Great Muslim Reformer of Bangladesh and West Bengal

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Abdul Latif (1828-1893) was born in rural Faridpur and pursued his early education there. His father, Qazi Faqir Muhammad, then enrolled him at Calcutta Madrasah for higher education in Arabic, Persian, Urdu and the Islamic sciences. Originally founded in October 1780 by Warren Hastings, an official of the East India Company, to train up a new generation of Indians who

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Syed Sajjad Husain: A Tribute

Late Professor Dr Syed Sajjad Husain was one of the leading Muslim scholars, writers and academics to have hailed from Bengal during the twentieth century. An academic specialising in English literature, he served in his capacity as a Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka and Rajshahi Universities during the turbulent years of early 1970’s. He published many books and hundreds of articles in

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Book Review: Rediscovering the Muslim Heritage of Bengal


The Muslim Heritage of Bengal, by Muhammad Mojlum Khan, Leicester: Kube Publishing, 2013, pp412, PB, £19.99. Muhammad Mojlum Khan’s latest book, The Muslim Heritage of Bengal: The Lives, Thoughts and Achievements of Great Muslim Scholars, Writers and Reformers of Bangladesh and West Bengal is a treasure of histories of the region, through the contributions of 42 individuals spanning from early

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