Humayun Azad was born in 28 April 1947 in Rarhi Khal, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was a prolific Bangladeshi writer, scholar and professor on Bangla at the University of Dhaka. He was well known for his fearless practice of free thinking and open criticism of Islam and Muslims.
Humayun Azad got BA degree in Bengali language and literature from Dhaka University and PhD in linguistics from the Edinburgh University in 1976. He later served as a faculty member of the department of Bengali language and literature at the University of Dhaka. He was regarded as a leading linguist of the bangla language.
On February 27, 2004, Humayun Azad became the victim of a vicious assassination attempt by assailants near the campus of the University of Dhaka during Bangla Academy book fair for this book. On August 11, 2004, Professor Azad died in his apartment in Munich, Germany, where he had moved just a week prior to conducting research on the nineteenth century German romantic poet Heinrich Heine. His body was brought home and he was laid to eternal rest in Rarhikhal, his rural homeland.
Short review of some books of Humayun Azad
Amar Abiswash by Humayun Azad is a book about atheism. He told in this book why he does not believe in God. What does he think about traditional religions and their leaders. Amar Abiswash is a great book to discover the questions you can never ask if you believe in your religion.
Nari is one of the greatest controversial book by Humayun Azad in bangla literature, mostly motivated by the book The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir . Nari was suffered a state ban on it for more than four years for being obscene. But later the book was republished after wining a legal battle.In this book humayun azad briefly discussed about past and present condition of bangali women.
His book pak Sar Jamin Sad Bad is the first book by a Bangla Muslim that has taken seriously the theme of profanity and irreverence. This novel exposes the hypocrisy and debauchery underlying the so-called Pakistan movement that emerged from the oriental studies and implemented by the British in Indian sub-continent. This book exposes the vile nature of the so-called Maududists who lead the Jamt-e-Islam in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Enjoy a poem of Humayun Azad