Sirajul Islam

Muhammad Sirajul Islam
2nd Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University, Bangladesh
In office
28 December, 1988 – 17 June 1991
Preceded by A.N.M Mamotaz Uddin
Succeeded by Muhammad Abdul Hamid
President of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh
In office
Preceded by Emajuddin Ahamed
Succeeded by Nazrul Islam
In office
Preceded by A K M Nurul Islam
Succeeded by Wakil Ahmed
Personal details
Nationality Bangladeshi
Occupation Academician, editor
Known for Chief editor of Banglapedia, Vice-chancellor of IU

Professor Dr. Muhammad Sirajul Islam is Bangladeshi historian, writer, columnist, professor and academician. He was 2nd vice chancellor (28 December 1988 - 17 June 1991) of Islamic University, Bangladesh.[1][2] He is the chairman of the Board of Editors of Banglapedia, the national encyclopedia of Bangladesh, and the editor of the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. He is also famous for his works on agriculture, British era land tenure and social history of Bengal.


Sirajul Islam served as a professor of Islamic history department at the University of Dhaka. He gave up his day job five years before the formal date of retirement, to make time for Banglapedia, in 2000.[3]

A corresponding fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Islam was a Senior Commonwealth Staff Fellow at the University of London (1978–79), a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Urbana Champaign (1990–91), and a British Academy Visiting Professor (2004).[4]


He was appointed as vice-chancellor at Islamic University in 28 December 1988 BC.[5]

In 2002, 10 volumes of Banglapedia, published by Asiatic Society, came out in his editorship. In 1991, 3 volumes of the History of Bangladesh (political, economic and socio-cultural), published by Asiatic Society, came out in his editorship.[3][4] For the Society, he is working on the Children’s Banglapedia and the Cultural Survey of Bangladesh. He also is in charge of the National Online Biography project of the Society and the Banglapedia Trust.[3]

While at his 34-year-long stint at the University, he wrote major seminal works like Permanent Settlement in Bengal (1978), The Bengal Land Tenure (1990) and the Rural History of Bangladesh (1990). He also edited the 4 volume Bangladesh District Record Survey.[3]


  1. ^ "ইসলামী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় কোন পথে পরিচালিত হবে". Jugantor. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  2. ^ "Editors - Banglapedia". Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  3. ^ a b c d Khan, Mubin S (2006-01-01). "Professor Sirajul Islam: Making history". New Age New Year Special 2006. New Age. Archived from the original on 2007-05-11. Retrieved 2007-06-07.
  4. ^ a b "Sirajul Islam (Dhaka University)". International Directory of South Asia Scholars (IDSAS). Columbia University. 2004-04-21. Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2007-07-23.
  5. ^ প্রতিবেদক, নিজস্ব. "১১ উপাচার্যের কেউই মেয়াদ শেষ করতে পারেননি". Prothomalo (in Bengali). Retrieved 2020-10-26.