Abu Rushd

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Abu Rushd
আবু রুশদ
Syed Abu Rushd Matinuddin

(1919-12-25)25 December 1919
Died23 February 2010(2010-02-23) (aged 90)
Alma materExeter College, Oxford
RelativesRashid Karim (brother)
Awardsfull list

Syed Abu Rushd Matinuddin (known by his pen name Abu Rushd,[1] 25 December 1919 – 23 February 2010)[2] was a Bangladeshi writer.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Rushd started his career as an English lecturer in Hooghly Mohsin College. He moved to England in 1951 for studying English literature at the Exeter College, Oxford.[4] He later taught English in Kolkata Islamia College, Dhaka College, Chittagong College,[5] Rajshahi College and Jahangirnagar University.[2] He retired from Jahangirnagar University in 1982.[6]


Rushd's first publication was a collection of short stories in 1939. In addition to six novels, he wrote 50 short stories, and a three-volume autobiography. Also, he was adept at translating literary works, both from Bengali to English and English to Bengali, including Shakespeare's poems. Moreover, he was a regular columnist for four Bangladeshi newspapers, writing opinion pieces.[citation needed]

Rushd translated some poems and songs of Lalon to English in 1964.[7]


  • Elomelo (This and That, 1946)
  • Samne Notun Din (A New Day Ahead, 1951)
  • Doba Holo Dighi (Pool becomes Lake, 1960)
  • Nongor (Anchor, 1967)
  • Onishchito Ragini (The Unsure Tune, 1969)
  • Sthagita Dwip (The Aborted Island, 1974)[2]


Rushd receiving an award in 1999

Personal life[edit]

Rushd and his wife in 2000

Rush was married to Azija Rushd.[6] His brother, Rashid Karim, was a novelist.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Syed Abu Rushd Matinuddin: The litterateur and the man". The New Nation. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Prof Abu Rushd passes away". The Daily Star. 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  3. ^ "Remembering our wordsmiths". The Daily Star. 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  4. ^ "Dr A R Mallick: A Personal Tribute". The Daily Star. 1998-02-04. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  5. ^ "The life of a scholar". The Daily Star. 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  6. ^ a b "JU English deptt launches Prof Abu Rushd scholarship". The Daily Star. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  7. ^ "The long tradition of Bengal mysticism". The Daily Star. 2009-03-14. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  8. ^ পুরস্কারপ্রাপ্তদের তালিকা [Winners list] (in Bengali). Bangla Academy. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  9. ^ "CSK - Farrukh Memorial Award". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  10. ^ "Silent but Near". The Daily Star. 2017-08-12. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  11. ^ "Rashid Karim: voice of modern fiction". The Daily Star. 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2017-12-17.