Bangiya Mussalman Sahitya Patrika a Bangla literary quarterly was the mouthpiece of the
Bangiya Mussalman Sahitya Samiti, established on 4 September 1911 in calcutta.
At an executive committee meeting held on 24 February 1918, it was
decided to publish a journal which would serve as the mouthpiece of the
society. Accordingly, a six-member committee was formed to run the
journal. The committee included kazi imdadul huq as president, muhammad
shahidullah and mohammad mozammel huq as secretary,
reazuddin ahmad, Moinuddin Hossain and muzaffar
ahmed as members. The Bangiya
Musssalman Sahitya Patrika started publication from April 1918
(Baishakh, 1325 BS) from 47/2 Mirzapur Street, Calcutta. The initial
print run was 1000. The journal consisted of eighty pages, priced at six annas.
After Muhammad Shahidullah joined the university
of dhaka in June 1921, Mohammad Mozammel Huq edited the
journal alone. The journal continued publication for another two years.
Its last issue was that of Kartik 1330 BS (April 1923).
Bangiya Mussalman Sahity Samiti and its journal
mainly aimed at developing Bengali Muslim society. Therefore, it
published only serious essays. Its contributors included several renowned
figures of the period: Kazi Nazrul Islam, Muhammad Shahidullah, Mohammad
Yakub Ali Chowdhury, Syed Emdad Ali, Dr Lutfar Rahman, Mohammad Akram
Khan, Sheikh Fazlul Karim, Golam Mostafa, Kazi Abdul Wadud, Abdul Karim
Sahityavisharad, Muhammad Wajed Ali, Mohammad Barkatullah, Abul Kalam
Shamsuddin, Kazi Imdadul Huq, Abul Hussain. Though the society and its
journal catered to Muslim readers, some well-known non-Muslim writers
such as Kalidas Roy, Kumud Ranjan Mallik and Shailajananda Mukhopadhyay
also contributed to the journal.
[Khondkar Sirajul Haque]