Salimullah Khan

Symbolic and Imaginary in Nazrul Islam

Kazi Nazrul Islam, according to Kazi Abdul Wadud (1895-1970), perhaps the first formidable critic who took him seriously, “was the first writer among Bengali Muslims of the modern era who was able to conquer the hearts of Hindus and Muslims alike of Bengal.”

2w ago

Jasim Uddin’s 1971

There has not been much research on to what extent the shadow of 1971 has been reflected in Bangla literature.

5m ago

Bangladesh began badly: Remembering the roots of the impasse

Nationalism is not a political doctrine, not a programme. If you truly want your country to avoid regressing, halting, failing, it is necessary to march past national consciousness to political and social consciousness.

1y ago

The origin of the om: Ahmed Sofa’s aura

With the death of Ahmed Sofa on July 28, 2001, Bangladesh (or modern Bengal in historical perspective) lost not simply one of its most original thinkers; it also marked the passing of an age.

1y ago

Anti-colonial movements as passive revolution: Abdur Razzaq’s insights on 1947

This stain-splattered daybreak, this night-bitten dawn,

2y ago

Mary Frances Dunham: In memoriam

The blood of the farmer is very sweet and everybody wants to taste it;

2y ago

Was the Russian revolution a proletarian revolution?

What we call Russian revolution, from a long-term view, is a revolution in three episodes. Lenin called 1905 a "dress rehearsal" and, as Paul Dukes among others notes, he was the first to argue that October must follow on from February. So did Trotsky.

6y ago

Bloodless genocide: The allegorical gaze of Ahmed Sofa

Ahmed Sofa, known in his lifetime as a firebrand, now appears to be no less memorable for his poems. I do not know yet how posterity is going to read him. But it is all apparent now.

6y ago
May 27, 2024
May 27, 2024

Symbolic and Imaginary in Nazrul Islam

Kazi Nazrul Islam, according to Kazi Abdul Wadud (1895-1970), perhaps the first formidable critic who took him seriously, “was the first writer among Bengali Muslims of the modern era who was able to conquer the hearts of Hindus and Muslims alike of Bengal.”

January 1, 2024
January 1, 2024

Jasim Uddin’s 1971

There has not been much research on to what extent the shadow of 1971 has been reflected in Bangla literature.

November 4, 2022
November 4, 2022

Bangladesh began badly: Remembering the roots of the impasse

Nationalism is not a political doctrine, not a programme. If you truly want your country to avoid regressing, halting, failing, it is necessary to march past national consciousness to political and social consciousness.

July 28, 2022
July 28, 2022

The origin of the om: Ahmed Sofa’s aura

With the death of Ahmed Sofa on July 28, 2001, Bangladesh (or modern Bengal in historical perspective) lost not simply one of its most original thinkers; it also marked the passing of an age.

February 21, 2022
February 21, 2022

Anti-colonial movements as passive revolution: Abdur Razzaq’s insights on 1947

This stain-splattered daybreak, this night-bitten dawn,

November 29, 2021
November 29, 2021

Mary Frances Dunham: In memoriam

The blood of the farmer is very sweet and everybody wants to taste it;

October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017

Was the Russian revolution a proletarian revolution?

What we call Russian revolution, from a long-term view, is a revolution in three episodes. Lenin called 1905 a "dress rehearsal" and, as Paul Dukes among others notes, he was the first to argue that October must follow on from February. So did Trotsky.

July 31, 2017
July 31, 2017

Bloodless genocide: The allegorical gaze of Ahmed Sofa

Ahmed Sofa, known in his lifetime as a firebrand, now appears to be no less memorable for his poems. I do not know yet how posterity is going to read him. But it is all apparent now.

October 10, 2015
October 10, 2015

Abdul Karim's discoveries - Origins of modernity in Bengali literature

Abdul Karim discovered that there existed also Muslim writers of quality in Bengali literature and, what's more, their quantity also is far from negligible. In diction their works, for instance, those of the 17th century lauraetes Kazi Daulat (1600-1638) or Syed Alaol (1607-1680) are no less 'elevated and dignified,' i.e., Sanskritized in measure than Bharatchandra Ray's (1712-1760) or Madhusudan Datta's (1824-1873) of later fame.

August 29, 2015
August 29, 2015

Reading Nazrul Islam after Walter Benjamin

‘Early in his life, Kazi Nazrul Islam, the most notable Muslim poet of modern Bengal, edited and published a weekly Bengali journal named Dhumketu, the Comet.

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