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Excavating the Histories of Bengal

Muntakim Haque writes on the lectures by Shahnaj Husne Jahan and Sufi Mustafizur Rahman at Bengal Institute in 2017. Archaeologist and professor at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Shahnaj Husne Jahan has been navigating the challenging practice of archaeology in Bangladesh for decades. She affirms that in order to understand an ancient culture […]

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Reading Relics

Muntakim Haque writes on the significance of ancient ruins based on the lectures at Bengal Institute by Nisar Hossain, Shahnaj Husne Jahan and Michael Meister. One of the earliest civilisations to have existed was in the Indian Subcontinent. The stories of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa are usually part of any fundamental study of history. However, there […]

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Early European Settlers of Dhaka

Dhrubo Alam writes about the early European immigrants who settled in Dhaka. Portuguese Immigrants Technically, the Portuguese were not only the first Europeans to arrive in Bengal but also in Dhaka. Already infamous for their piracy and other adventures on the coastal areas, Sundarbans, and along the big rivers, the Portuguese invoke various narratives in […]

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