Ahmed Sharif

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Ahmed Sharif
Native name আহমদ শরীফ
Born (1921-02-13)13 February 1921[1]
Patiya, Chittagong, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died 24 February 1999(1999-02-24) (aged 78)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nationality Bangladeshi
Education Ph.D. in Bengali literature
Alma mater University of Dhaka
Notable awards full list

Ahmed Sharif (13 February 1921 – 24 February 1999) was an educationist, philosopher, critic, writer and scholar of medieval Bengali literature.[2][3]


Sharif was born on 13 February 1921 in Patiya, Chittagong District, did his Masters and Ph. D degrees in Bengali literature from the University of Dhaka, in 1944 and 1967 respectively. From 1945 to 1949, he taught at Laksham Nawab Faizunnessa College and later on at Feni College. From July 1949 to 17 December 1950 he worked as Programme Assistant at the Dhaka station of the Radio Pakistan. Finally, on December 18, 1950, he joined as Research Assistant in the Bengali Department, University of Dhaka and retired as Chairman and Professor in 1983.

During his time at the University of Dhaka he was elected a member of the Senate, Syndicate, and the President of Teachers Association and the University Teachers Club. Dr. Sharif remained the only person who was elected the Dean of the Faculty of Arts for three consecutive terms. After his retirement from the Dhaka University, he was offered to join as first "Kazi Nazrul Islam Professor" at the University of Chittagong, where he served from 1984 to 1986.

He was one of the founding members of the 33 member Committee for Civil Liberties and Legal Aid which was established to protect the opposition politicians and members of civil society who were facing the wrath of the government on March 31, 1974.[4]


Sharif was recognized as one of the most outspoken atheist and radical thinkers of Bangladesh.[2] He was also taught greatly about medieval Bengali literature and regualrly gave insights into the history of Bengal, Bangladesh Liberation War and Rabindranath Tagore.[3]



Sharif died on 24 February 1999, in Dhaka.


  1. ^ Haque, Junaidul (February 27, 2010). "The iconoclast in Ahmed Sharif". The Daily Star. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Kabir, Ahmed. "Sharif, Ahmed". Banglapedia. Bangladesh Asiatic Society. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Mukhopadhay, Keshob. "An interview with prof. Ahmed sharif". News from Bangladesh. Daily News Monitoring Service. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Ahmed, Moudud. Bangladesh, Era of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Dhaka: University Press Limited. p. 232. ISBN 978-984-506-226-8.