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Mr. Salimullah Khan

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Mr. Salimullah Khan
Bangladeshi Academic, Columnist, Essayist and Critic.
He worked as the Chief Academic Advisor and a professor in the Department of Law at Stamford University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Salimullah Khan's parental home is in Cox's Bazar.He passed his SSC(matriculation) exam from Cox's Bazar Govt. High School. Later he was admitted to Chittagong College. He studied Law at the University of Dhaka. In 1976, he met noted intellectual Ahmed Sofa, who introduced him to Professor Abdur Razzaq. In 1983, he joined University of Rajshahi as a teacher.For a brief period, he taught at the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka. In 1986, he went to the United States for studying Economics. Returning home, he joined a private university as a faculty. He worked as the Chief Academic Advisor and a professor in the Department of Law at Stamford UniversityDhakaBangladesh.Currently he is a Professor of General Education at theUniversity of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.

Salimullah Khan first came to prominence during his days as a student at the University of Dhaka when he wrote a book on Abdur Razzaq’s famous lecture: “Bangladesh: State of the Nation" in 1981. While a student, he edited a periodical called Praxis Journal. Currently he regularly contributes articles in Bengali and English newspapers in Bangladesh. Salimullah Khan writes mainly on history, philosophy, politics, literature, and psychoanalysis. He has written a number of articles on colonialism and imperialism, Bengali language, 1857 War of Indian Independence, 1947 partition, communalism and the relationship between religion and politics,Bangladesh Liberation War, and also wrote on issues such as the Rohingya question etc. Khan has also written on Lalon Shah, Ramaprasad Chanda,Kazi Nazrul Islam,Jasimuddin,Roquia Sakhawat HussainAhmed Sofa,Abul Hasan, film maker Tareque Masud and some of his contemporaries. He wrote philosophical commentaries on the works of Charles Baudelaire, Walter BenjaminMichel Foucault,Frantz Fanon,Claude Lévi-StraussEdward Said,Aime Cesaire,Talal Asad and many others.

Khan has translated the works of PlatoJames Rennell,Jacques Lacan, Charles Baudelaire,Frantz Fanon, Dorothee Sölle into Bengali. He is associated with a number of organizations such as Center for Asian Arts and Cultures, Ahmad Sofa RashtraSabha, etc. Salimullah Khan has held seminar sessions at the Center for Asian Arts and Cultures on different thinkers and issues.

Khan's views are influenced by Karl Marx and Jacques Lacan. He has been critical of Rabindranath Tagore's prescriptions on Bengali orthography. Khan advocates wider official use of Bengali language in Bangladesh. In a speech subsequently published as an article, Khan questioned the quality of Amartya Sen's Bengali prose and of discussion on certain classical economists[vague][full citation needed][discuss].

While Khan's views have often been considered to be analogous to Farhad Mazhar's, he has been strongly critical of Mazhar's position in recent years. In a 2011 debate arranged by bdnews24.com, Salimullah Khan sharply differed from Mazhar on the film Meherjaan. Khan criticized the film's representation of 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. In 2013, in the backdrop of Shahbagh Movement in Dhaka, Salimullah Khan came out in strong support of the movement,denounced communal attacks, and criticized Farhad Mazhar's position with regard to the events.

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