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Location of Sunamganj in Bangladesh
|• Total||3,669.58 km2 (1,416.83 sq mi)|
|• Density||670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||Sunamganji, Shunamgonji, Shunamgoinji|
|Time zone||UTC+06:00 (BST)|
In the ancient period, Sunamganj was part of the Laur Kingdom that included western part of Sylhet, Habiganj, Netrokona, Kishoreganj and the northern part of Mymensingh. After the conquest of Sylhet (Kingdom of Gaurh) in 1303 by Muslims under the spiritual guidance of Shah Jalal, Shah Kamal Quhafa brought the entire Laur Kingdom under his control with aid of his twelve disciples and his second son, Shah Muazzam Uddin Qureshi, who administered the entire district from Shaharpara and he maintained a second sub-administration office at Nizgaon on the bank of the river Surma, present day Shologhar (there is now Shologhar Masjid and madrasa) in Sunamganj town, which was administered by one of his descendants. Between the latter part of 1300 CE and 1765 CE, the present-day Sunamganj district was a part of Iqlim-e-Muazzamabad, i.e. the state of Muazzamabad, which was an independent state until 1620 when it was conquered by the mighty Mughal of Delhi. The last sultan of Muazzamabad was Hamid Qureshi Khan, who was a descendant of Shah Kamal Quhafah and he was widely known by his appellation of Shamsher Khan. After the fall of Jalalabad (present-day Sylhet), Shamsher Khan, accepted the post of Nawab-cum-Fauzadar and remained so until his death at the Battle of Giria on 29 April 1740 along with Sarfaraz Khan, Nawab of Bengal.
District Administrator is appointed from amongst non-civil servants, usually from amongst the member of political party that is in power at the time of appointment and endorsed by the central government. Deputy Commissioner is appointed from amongst career civil servants, who administers all subordinate branches of the administration such as upazillah parishad
Sunamganj District comprises 11 sub-districts or Upazilas:
- Dakshin Sunamganj
- Sunamganj Sadar
- Hason Raja, musician and mystic poet
- Radharaman Dutta, musician and mystic poet
- Shah Abdul Karim, musician and songwriter
- Dewan Mohammad Azraf, educator, philosopher and National Professor of Bangladesh
- M. A. G. Osmani, Supreme Commander of Mukti Bahini, former MP, former minister and former Adviser to President of Bangladesh
- Anwar Chowdhury, British diplomat
- Barun Roy, communist politician, anti-British nationalist, organiser of the Bangladesh Liberation War
- Shahed Ali, author and novelist
- Hassan Shahriar, journalist and political analyst
- Ramkanai Das, classical and folk musician
- Shushama Das, folk musician
- Alaur Rahman, vocalist and music composer
- Kakon Bibi, freedom fighter, Bir Protik
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- Zahangir Alom (September 7, 2014). "Sunset Of A Music Maestro". The Daily Star.
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