Anu Muhammad

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Anu Muhammad
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Born Muhammad Anisur Rahman
(1956-09-22) 22 September 1956 (age 60)
Nationality Bangladeshi
Institution Jahangirnagar University
Field Political Economy, Anthropology, Activism
Alma mater Jahangirnagar University
Influences Marx, Lenin
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Muhammad Anisur Rahman, better known as Anu Muhammad (Bengali: আনু মুহাম্মদ; born 1956), is a Bangladeshi economist, public intellectual, columnist, writer, editor, and political activist. Considered one of the foremost oppositional intellectuals in Bangladesh, he is the member-secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports.[1][2]


Anu Muhammad is a professor at Jahangirnagar University where he has been teaching Economics since 1982 and taught Anthropology from 1991 to 2005. He was a visiting professor at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba in 2001 and worked at Columbia University as a visiting scholar in 1993. His research and written work focus on such areas as current economic and political problems in Bangladesh, Marxist political economy, globalisation, social transformation, gender issues, non-governmental organisations, environment, and energy. He is the member-secretary of the citizen's movement platform called National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas-Mineral Resources-Power and Ports.

Political views[edit]

Besides being an academic, Anu Muhammad is a political activist against repression, discrimination, and other forms of oppression, including capitalism, imperialism, racism, and patriarchy. His involvement in a variety of resistance movements in Bangladesh and his appearance on TV talk shows with his anti-establishment position led to a death threat he received in February 2008.[3] He was injured by the police in September 2009 during a demonstration protesting exploration deals granted by the government to two international oil companies.[4][5] This event led to a protest by the Bangladesh Economic Association[6] and to an open letter condemning the event, signed as it was by intellectuals, academics, and activists from around the world, including, among many others, Bertell Ollman, E. San Juan, Jr., Vijay Prashad, Gopal Balakrishnan, Nurul Kabir, and by Azfar Hussain, who convened this international signature campaign.[1] After regular verbal attacks by the government ministers, Muhammad also got arrested by the police during a shutdown protesting the government's anti-people agreement with a multinational company on 3 July 2011.


Anu Muhammad has written more than 25 books, most of them in Bangla and some in English, and edited Bangladesh at 25: A Discourse on Development in Bangladesh together with Abdul Bayes in 1998, and Ashabuddin Ahmed Rochonaboli. He is the editor of the quarterly journal Sarbajonakotha.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Oil Companies: Hands Off Bangladesh". Political Affairs. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Anu Muhammad". The Daily Star. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Death threat to Anu condemned", Bangladesh News, 27 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Attack on Anu Muhammad appalls civic leaders". Priyo News. 4 September 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Motia, Imam and Hanif visit Prof Anu Muhammad at hospital" Archived 6 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.,, 4 September 2009.
  6. ^ "BEA slams police attack on Prof Anu Muhammad", The Financial Express, 5 September 2009.
  7. ^ "Intute". Jisc. 

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