A Buddhist Community in Bangladesh
Abdul Mabud Khan
ISBN 984 05 1466 X 1999 248pp 215x136mm HB Tk.450.00 US$25.00
The book deals with the Marmas of the Chittagong hills and the Rakhaines of the plains who are collectively known as the Maghs spreading over South and Southeastern parts of Bangladesh. Although a fascinating tribe, the Maghs have hitherto received scant attention of scholars. It is the first full length study covering their history, society and cultural life as well as the relations between Bangladesh and Arakan. The present treatise, the result of the author’s painstaking research for several years chiefly based on field study will remain as the most authoritative work on the subject so far.
An alumnus of the University of Dhaka, Dr. Abdul Mabud Khan received his M.A. degree in History from the University of Rajshahi and did his M.Phil. on the Buddhist Communities in Bangladesh at the Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka. Later he got the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Calcutta. An author of several research papers on the tribals of Bangladesh like the Rakhaines, Marmas, Chakmas and Mros Dr. Khan has already established himself as a distinguished historian and cultural anthropologist. His interests also include Buddhism in Bangladesh, India and Southeast Asia. He visited many Buddhist historical sites in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand. Dr. Khan started his teaching career at the Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka and is currently an Associate Professor, Department of History, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh.