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Khan, Khan Bahadur Abdur Rahman2


Khan, Khan Bahadur Abdur Rahman2 (1890-1964) educationist and writer, was born in the village of Bhandariakandi of shibchar upazila in madaripur district. He passed the Entrance examination in 1908 from barisal zila school and was placed second in the first division. He graduated with honours in English from dhaka college in 1912 and obtained first class in MA in English from calcutta university in 1914. He began his career as a lecturer at Dhaka Training College in 1914. He taught at different colleges and held administrative positions in the Education Department for about 30 years. He served as secretary of the Education Board in 1926, school inspector in 1933 and Additional Director of Public Instructions (ADPI) in 1939. In 1948, he was appointed principal of jagannath college wherefrom he retired in 1956.

Khan Bahadur Abdur Rahman Khan contributed to the spread of education among Muslims. He started a school in his village, Asalat Memorial School, in memory of his father. Abdur Rahman was also an able translator, essayist and biographer. His translated the holy quran and hadith with great competence. Most of his writings are on Islam and Islamic culture. Some of his well-known books are Moslem Nari (vol. 1, 1927), Char Iyar (1932), Shes Nabi (1949), Islam Parichiti (1952), Quran Sharif (vol. I-III, 1952-1993), Hadith (vol. I-III, 1957-1958), Islamic Tamaddun O Pakistan (1956), Naya Khutba (1959), Sahih Bukhari Sharif (1961), Amar Jiban (1964). He was awarded the title of 'Khan Bahadur' by the British Government in (?). Abdur Rahman Khan was a founding member of the Asiatic Society of Pakistan (est. 1952). He was elected president of the Asiatic Society for the period 1957-1959. [Badiuzzaman]