Published:  12:50 AM, 13 September 2017

Syed Mujtaba Ali

Syed Mujtaba Ali

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.[2] 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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