Category Archives: Biographies

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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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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Sir Abdullah Suhrawardy


Allama Sir Abdullah al-Ma’mun Suhrawardy, MA, Bar-at-Law, PhD, D. Litt (Oxon), LL. D, Iftikhar al-Millat, was one of the most brilliant Muslim scholars of his generation. One of the first students to obtain a PhD degree from Calcutta University, Abdullah was an outstanding Islamic scholar, skilled linguist, eminent academic, influential politician and also a prolific writer. Unfortunately, the life and

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Muhammad Abdur Rahim


Professor Dr Muhammad Abdur Rahim was one of the foremost Muslim historians and academics of his generation. Author of a dozen seminal works on aspects of Muslim history and culture of India in general and Bengal in particular, this renowned scholar and writer did not, however, receive the recognition he deserved in his homeland, Bangladesh, during his life time. This

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Kazi Nazrul Islam


Kazi Nazrul Islam is a household name in Bengal. A towering figure in Bengali literature and the national poet of Bangladesh, yet he is virtually unknown in the West. Why? There are two reasons for this: partly because, as William Radice had pointed out, he was a Muslim; and partly due to the fact that he identified himself with the

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Ghulam Husain Salim: Great Historian of Medieval Bengal

Sadr al-Jahan Minhaj al-Din Siraj Jurjani (Minhaj-i-Siraj), author of the celebrated Tabaqat-i-Nasiri (Chronicle of Nasir) was the classical historian of Bengal, while Ghulam Husain Salim Zaidpuri was an outstanding pre-modern Muslim historian of Bengal. According to Ilahi Bakhsh, the author of Khurshid Jahan Namah, Ghulam Husain was born in the village of Zaidpur in Oudh (Indian State of Uttar Pardesh);

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