Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq
Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq

General Information
Social Thinker

Full Name: Professor Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq

Affiliation: University of Dhaka

Current Position: Professor, Department of Bengali Language and Literature

Date of Birth: September 30, 1944

Place of Birth: Bangladesh

Home District: Kishoreganj

Nationality: Bangladeshi


Professor Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq (born 30 September 1944) is a Bangladeshi writer, essayist, translator, critic, columnist and activist. He is a former professor of Bengali language and literature at the University of Dhaka. He is the convener of Rashtrabhasha Bangla Rokkha Komiti (State Language Bengali Protection Committee). He is best known for his neutral political views and theories. His writings are rich in patriotic thoughts and political thoughts. With a progressive mind, he expressed his views on national and international events. He received Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1981.

Huq was born in Pakundia upazila of Kishoreganj district. His father Muhammad Abdul Hakim, mother Jahanara Khatun. His only child is Faisal Arefin Dipan; who was the proprietor of Jagriti Publications. Dipan was killed by miscreants on October 31, 2015.

Huq passed the Entrance Examination from Mymensingh Zilla School in 1959. In 1961, he passed the Higher Secondary Certificate in Science from Anandamohan College. He graduated from Dhaka University in 1965 and completed his post graduation from the same university in 1966. While studying at Dhaka University, he came in contact with Munir Chowdhury, Ahmed Sharif, Humayun Azad, Nilima Ibrahim and was introduced to progressive ideas.

Huq was a faculty member of the Department of Bengali Language and Literature at the University of Dhaka for four decades. He wants to inculcate honest thoughts in the people through his writings and words. He wished the awakening of goodwill among the people. He respects the people and does not despise them. He opined that since most of the common people of the country are religious, if their faith is directly hurt, they have to lose their acceptance and the work of changing the society is hampered. He has been editing a popular magazine called 'Charbak Matabalambi' Lokayat since 1982 in the style of social reform.

Huq, the author of more than twenty-one books, has also served as a member of the editorial board of Nazrul Essays. He writes regular columns in newspapers. He was the President of Swadesh Chinta Sangha from 2000 to 2013. This organization was created by Ahmed Sharif, the chief free thinker of Bangladesh. In addition, the organization has been promoting 'Bangladesh's Liberation and Development Strategy Atash Dofa' since January 1, 2005, of which he was the author. He wrote a poem entitled 'Manush'.  

Selected bibliography

•   Muktir Sangram (1972)

•   Kaler Jatrar Dhwani (2004)

•   Ekushe February Andolon (1976)

•   Manush o Tar Poribesh (1988)

•   Sahityacinta (1995)

•   Rajniti o Dorshon (1989)

•   Bangladesher Rajnitite Buddhijibider Bhumika (1997)

•   Unish Shataker Modhyashreni o Bangla Sahitya (1979)

•   Mao Setunger Gyantattwa (1987)

•   Sahitya o Sangskriti Prosonge (2002)

•   Shreshtha Prabandha (2011)


•   Rajnoitik Adarsha (1972), a translation of Bertrand Russell's Political Ideals

•   Nobojuger Protthyasha (1989), a translation of Bertrand Russell's New Hopes for a Changing World


•           Bangla Academy Literary Award (1981)

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