Syed Mujtaba Ali was a Bengali author, journalist, travel enthusiast, academician, scholar and linguist. He lived in Bangladesh, India, Germany, Afghanistan and Egypt.
Ali was born on 13 September 1904[in Karimganj in Sylhet District of Assam Province. His father Syed Sikander Ali was a sub-registrar. Mujtaba was the youngest of the three brothers. One of his brothers was Syed Murtaza Ali. Mujtaba Ali passed the matriculation exam from Sylhet Government Pilot High School and intermediate exam from MC College.
He went to Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan and graduated in 1926. He was among the first graduates of the university. He studied for a brief period in Aligarh Muslim University. He earned his PhD from University of Bonn with a dissertation on comparative religious studies on Khojas in 1932.
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