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Bangladesh Itihas Samiti


Bangladesh Itihas Samiti a voluntary, non-profit and non-political organisation of historians. Established in 1966, the Bangladesh Itihas Samiti pursues the following objectives: to promote study of history; to foster understanding among professional and non-professional historians; to hold seminar and conference on historical issues and problems and to publish research journals and publish books on history.

The journal of the Samiti was first published in 1968 under the title Journal of the East Pakistan History Association. In 1973, the journal was renamed as Itihas Samiti Patrika. Since 1976, the Samiti has been publishing an English journal entitled Bangladesh Historical Studies.

An executive committee manages the Samiti with a president, four vice presidents, one treasurer, one general secretary, two joint secretaries and thirty members. The general secretary is Samiti's executive head. The office of the Samiti is housed at the History Department, Arts Faculty, university of dhaka.

Its publications include Fazlul Huq Speaks in Council, 1913-16, (1976) by Sirajul Islam; Studies in Rural History (1976) by Sirajul Islam; Bangladeshe Itihas Charcha (1987) (in Bangla) edited by Syed Anwar Hussain; Islam in Bangladesh (1983) edited by Rafiuddin Ahmed; Dinajpur: History and Heritage (1996) and Sylhet: History and Heritage (1999), both edited by Sharif Uddin Ahmed.

Revenue of the Samiti comes from subscriptions of members, sales of publications, donations and government grant-in-aid. The membership of the Samiti is open to all interested in the study of history and conforming to the objectives of the Samiti. [Aksadul Alam]