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Bangiya Mussalman Sahitya Samiti


Bangiya Mussalman Sahitya Samiti a literary organisation of Bengali Muslims, founded in 1911 by a number of young Muslim writers including Mohammad maniruzzaman islamabadi, muhammad shahidullah, mohammad yakub ali chowdhury, mohammad mozammel huq. They were ostensibly inspired by the bangiya sahitya parishat (1893). Muhammad Shahidullah was elected secretary of the organisation.

The organisation was influenced by the rising Muslim separatist trends. Its objectives included cultivation and preservation of bangla literature, writing biographies of pirs and dervishes, encouraging Muslim writers, establishing harmony between Hindus and Muslims. It arranged monthly meetings and annual conferences. Of the seven literary conferences arranged by it, five were held in Calcutta, while one was held in Chittagong and another in Bashirhat. It published two journals: bangiya mussalman sahitya patrika (April 1918), in which many of the writings of kazi nazrul islam were published, and Sahityik (December 1926).

ak fazlul huq inaugurated the jubilee celebrations of the organisation in April 1941, while Kazi Nazrul Islam presided over it. The seventh and final annual conference of the organisation was held in May 1943. The importance of the organisation decreased with the formation of the east pakistan renaissance society (1942) in Calcutta and the purba pakistan sahitya sangsad (1942) in Dhaka. [Wakil Ahmed]