Muhammad Shahidullah

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Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah
ডঃ মুহম্মদ শহীদুল্লাহ
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Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah
Born (1885-07-10)10 July 1885
Peyara, 24 Pargana, West Bengal, British India (now in India)
Died 13 July 1969(1969-07-13) (aged 84)
Dacca, East Pakistan (now Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nationality Bangladesh Bangladeshi
Religion Islam

Muhammad Shahidullah (Bengali: ডঃ মুহম্মদ শহীদুল্লাহ Muhômmod Shohidullah), popularly known as Jvantapas[1] (July 10, 1885 – July 13, 1969) was a famous Bengali educationist, writer philologist and linguist.[2] A dormitory in University of Dhaka is named after him (Shahidullah Hall).

Early life[edit]

He was born in the village Peyara, 24 Pargana, West Bengal (now in India). His father Mafizuddin Ahmed was a warden of a shrine.


Muhammad Shahidullah passed his school finals (known as Entrance examination at that time) in 1904 from Howrah Zila School. In 1906 he passed the FA exam (equivalent to HSC) from Presidency College, Kolkata. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Sanskrit in 1910 from City College, Kolkata, and Master of Arts in 1912 in Comparative Philology from the University of Calcutta. He also received a PhD from Sorbonne university.

Dr. Shahidullah's tomb in Dhaka Universitycampus


Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah has seven sons and two daughters. His third son A.K.M. Zakiyullah established a school named ‘Dr. Shahidullah Gyanpith’ in Hazi Osman Goni Road, Alu bazaar (Old Dhaka) and a research library named ’Dr. Shahidullah Memorial Library and Language Research Center’ in Senpara Parbata, Mirpur-10,Dhaka.One of his son Dr. Abul Bayan M. Naqiyyullah (M.S) also studied in George Washington University in Washington, DC and settled in Cairo,Egypt after serving as a pathologist in Saudi Arabia. He married an Egyptian women and has two sons and three daughters. His another son Murtaja Baseer is considered as one of the most stylish and foremost painters in Bangladesh.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Badiuzzaman (2012). "Shahidullah, Muhammad". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ University of Rajshahi

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