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[Book Review]: “The Political History of Muslim Bengal: An Unfinished Battle of Faith"
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CitationHossain, M. (2020). [Book Review]: “The Political History of Muslim Bengal: An Unfinished Battle of Faith, By Mahmudur Rahman Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019, 412 pages, $ 99.95, ISBN: 9781527519350" Insight Turkey, 22(4), 269-271.
The Political History of Muslim Bengal, while speaking of the history of a lesser-known part of the Muslim world, has an interesting story of its own. The author, a former energy advisor to the Bangladesh government and the opposition-associated editor of a well-known news daily called Amar Desh (My Nation), wrote this book in ten months while being imprisoned for political activities in Bangladesh. As an attempt to narrate a political history of Muslim Bengal from its earliest origins, the book aims to be ambitious in its scope. Starting as a venture in exploring the roots of the Bengali Muslim identity from the beginning of the thirteenth century, the author attempts to map out the trajectory of that identity amidst the socio-political undulations of Bangladesh’s post-colonial and post-independence period...