Bishad Shindhu

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Bishad Shindhu
Author Mir Mosarraf Hussain
Language Bengali


Bishad Shindhu (Bengali: বিষাদ-সিন্ধু) is a poetic novel about the history of Muhammad's grandson Hasan, especially Husayn's assassination, and the war for the position of Khalifa of Muslims. It was written by Mir Mosarraf Hussain, one of the first modern Bengali Muslim writers.

Bishad Shindhu was written over the period of 1885-1891.[1][2] It is one of the best known works of Bengali literature. However, it is not considered an authentic source for the history of Karbala, the location of Husayn's war front, or the place of his death.

Bishad Shindhu is written in an epic style. It contains much poetic language, and many dramatic scenes. At the time of its composition, there were few published novels in the Bengali language, and Mosharraf Hussain was part of a community of writers working to pioneer a new tradition of novels in Bengali. The novel was written in Shadhubhasha, a Sanskritised form of Bengali.[3]

Many Bengali Muslims view the novel as a religious book, and in rural areas it is the most valuable book after the Quran and the Hadith (a collection of the sayings and actions of the prophet Muhammad).[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Dalmia, Vasudha; Sadana, Rashmi (2012), The Cambridge Companion to Modern Indian Culture, Cambridge University Press, p. 108, ISBN 1139825461 
  2. ^ Osmany, Shireen Hasan (1992), Bangladeshi nationalism: history of dialectics and dimensions, University Press, p. 61, ISBN 9840511882 
  3. ^ "Bishad Sindhu (Book II Chapter 4)". The Daily Star. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 

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