Syed Mujtaba Ali (13 September 1904 ) was a Bengali author, journalist, travel enthusiast, academician, sch-olar and linguist. He lived in Bangladesh, India, Germany, Afgha-nistan and Egypt. Ali was born in Karimganj in Sylhet district of Bengal Presidency (now in Assam). His father Syed Sikander Ali was a Sub-Registrar.]Mujtaba was the youngest of the three brothers. Ali then studied at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo during 1934-1935.
He taught at colleges in Baroda (1936-1944) and Bogra (1949). After a brief stint at Calcutta University in 1950, he became Secretary of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and editor of its Arabic journal Thaqafatul Hind. From 1952 to 1956 he worked for All India Radio at New Delhi, Cuttack and Patna. He then joined the faculty of Visva-Bharati University (1956-1964) as professor of German language and later of Islamic Culture.
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