Syed Murtaza Ali

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Syed Murtaza Ali
সৈয়দ মুর্তাজা আলী
Born(1902-07-01)1 July 1902
Died9 August 1981(1981-08-09) (aged 79)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma materPresidency College, Calcutta
OccupationCivil servant

Syed Murtaza Ali (1 July 1902 – 9 August 1981) was a Bangladeshi writer.[1] He was the elder brother of writer and linguist Syed Mujtaba Ali.[1] He is noted for his works relating to the histories of Chittagong, Sylhet and Jaintia.

Background and education[edit]

Ali's ancestral residence was at Uttarsur, Habiganj District. His father, Khan Bahadur Syed Sikandar Ali, was a Sub-Registrar.[1] He traced his paternal descent from Shah Ahmed Mutawakkil, a local holy man and a Syed of Taraf, though apparently unrelated to the region's ruling Syed dynasty.[2] Ali's mother, Amatul Mannan Khatun, belonged to the Chowdhuries of Kala and Bahadurpur, an Islamised branch of the Pal family of Panchakhanda.[3]

Ali passed his matriculation examination from Sylhet Government School in 1921 and passed his ISc from Murari Chand College in 1923. He earned his bachelor's in Physics from Presidency College, Calcutta.[1]


In 1926, he became the Magistrate of Maulvi Bazar subdivision. He was Sub-divisional Officer in 1940. Later he became the Under Secretary in the Education Department. He retired from civil service positions in 1959.[1]

He served as the President of the Bangla Academy during 1969-1971 and 1975-1977 and Asiatic Society of Bangladesh in 1974.[1]


  • Pashchim Pakistan (1952)
  • The History of Jaintia (1954)
  • History of Chittagong (1964)
  • Hazrat Shah Jalal O Sylheter Itihas (1965).
  • Amader Kaler Katha (1968),
  • Muztaba-Katha O Anyanya Prasanga (1976)
  • Prabandha Bichitra (1967)



  1. ^ a b c d e f Islam, Sirajul (2012). "Ali, Syed Murtaza". In Islam, Sirajul; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir (eds.). Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. OCLC 52727562. Retrieved 21 March 2023.
  2. ^ Khan, Nurur Rahman (1999), Sharif Uddin Ahmed (ed.), "Syed Mujtaba Ali", Sylhet: History and Heritage, Sylhet: Bangladesh Itihas Samiti: 824–25, ISBN 978-984-31-0478-6
  3. ^ Ali, Syed Murtaza (1968). Amadera kalera katha (in Bengali). Baighara. p. 27.