Rashid Askari

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Harun-ur-Rashid Askari
রাশিদ আসকারী
Dr. Rashid Askari.jpg
Askari in June 2013
Vice-Chancellor of Islamic University
Assumed office
21 August 2016
Personal details
Born (1965-06-01) 1 June 1965 (age 52)
Ashkarpur, Mithapukur, Rangpur, East Pakistan, Pakistan
Nationality Bangladeshi
Alma mater
Occupation university academic, writer

Rashid Askari (born 1 June 1965) is a Bangladeshi writer, columnist and academic. He is the current vice-chancellor of Islamic University, Bangladesh.[1]

Early life[edit]

Askari was born in Ashkarpur, Mithapukur, Rangpur in 1965. He "obtained Honours and Master’s degrees in English from Dhaka University with distinction, and a PhD in Indian English Literature from the University of Poona".[2]


Askari joined Islamic University, Kushtia as a lecturer in English in 1990. He became a professor in 2005 and was head of the English department more than once. He was elected the Secretary General of Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers' Association for 2014.[3] He was "made new chairman of Folklore Studies Department of the university in Kushtia".[4] He is a peer reviewer and a Quality Assurance(QA) expert nominated by the Quality Assurance Unit of the Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.[5] "...Askari regularly writes columns in various newspapers"...[6]

Writing style[edit]

An unsigned profile in The Kushtia Times stated that Askari writes "both Bengali and English with equal ease and efficiency".[7] Bangladeshi novelist and critic Syed Manzoorul Islam notes: "He writes witty, racy stories with surprisingly serious undertones. Picking real-life events from the remote areas and the marginal people of the country and weaving them into various fictional forms are the hallmarks of his storytelling. ... Though not new in a ground-breaking way, his stories are both intense and original. The overall tone of his language is gently sarcastic ...".[8]



  • Askari, Rashid (1996). মুমূর্ষ স্বদেশ [The Dying Homeland] (in Bengali). Dhaka. 
  • —— (1996). [Indo-English Literature and Others] (in Bengali). Dhaka. 
  • —— (1997). [Today's Folktale] (in Bengali). Dhaka. 
  • —— (2001). বিনির্মিত ভাবনা [Deconstructing Thoughts] (in Bengali). Dhaka. 
  • —— (2002). উত্তরাধুনিক সাহিত্য ও সমালোচনা তত্ত্ব [Postmodern Literary and Critical Theory] (in Bengali). Dhaka. 
  • —— (2010). The Wounded Land: Peoples, Politics, Culture, Literature, Liberation War, War Crimes, and Militancy in Bangladesh. Dhaka: Pathak Shamabesh. OCLC 708243896. 
  • —— (2011). Nineteen seventy one and other stories: a collection of short stories. Dhaka: Pathak Shamabesh. ISBN 978-9848866436. 
  • —— (2012–13). English Writings of Tagore(3 volumes). Dhaka: Pathak Shamabesh.