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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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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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