Friday, September 28, 2012

Ancient Mosque Unearthed in Bangladesh

The site of ancient mosque at Ramzanpur, Rangpur
                                           ancient artifacts collected at new mosque floor
                                                    template with Ouranic inscriptions
                                           amateur British archaeologist Tim Steel
Al-Jazeera's Nicolas Haque
                                                    Museum at Tajhat Palace, Rangpur

In a remote village in northern Bangladesh, Ramzanpur in Rangpur district an amateur British archaeologist Tim Steel has discovered the remains of a mosque believed to be built in the 7th century.  The findings could prove the site to be the earliest mosque built in South Asia touching the time of the holy prophet of Islam.

Villagers initially stumbled on the site where they found monumental treasures of ancient artifacts of Islamic history, including stones with Quranic scripture, buried underground believed to be remains of a mosque. The new mosque built near the site holds monumental number of such artifacts.

Since discovery many valuable artifacts were looted by the miscreants to make quick money and believed to be sold in the international markets. The remaining artifacts however have been taken into safe keeping in the local Museum at Tajhat, Rangpur.

It is generally believed that Islam was spread in this region by the saints and preachers who followed the Muslim conquerors in the 12th century. It is intriguing that the discovery of this mosque would affirm speculation of the presence of Muslims arrival in Bengal in the 7th century, and that the Arab traders used Bangladesh water route for trade to China. It may be noted the earlier City states of North Bengal and Paharpur flourished at that time.

Indeed, it is true that Muslim traders were key in the early spread of Islam in Bengal. This mosque is a good historical find with archeological evidence of Islam. More information from the Cultural Ministry of Bangladesh would be appreciated.

* (Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Rangpur in northern Bangladesh- 17 Aug 2012)

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Dhaka after Eid Holidays: 2012

familiar sight Dhaka is round the corner



one down..

novel way toll extortion

prefer the difficult way

varsity boy run over by speeding bus at Shahbagh

Turmol, vandalism and traffic closed

Medical college admission seekers demo against govt new policy of admission

police responce

same prescription Jahangir Nagar univ. Savar few days ago

Grameen Bank members (97% shareholders) speak against govt move to take control of Grameen.

BUET in crisis- agitation over a month and half

BUET students write in blood at the doorsteps of Adm bldg for ouster of VC and Pro-VC

Family members of Bangladeshi sailors abducted by Somali pirates from Malaysian flag carrier in 2010.

Bank Scam: It is alleged Sonali Bank illegally disbursed loan of Tk.3,547 crore to Hallmark Group and five others between 2010 and May this year. Anti-corruption quizzes Hallmark group MD above (Tanveer Mahmud) who alone received Tk. 2,686 crore.

'imprudent' publicity by press? FM

Taslima Nasrin 'tweets' Sunil Gangopadhyay.

dark chocolate may help lower blood pressure- bbc news

(credit: pics other than river-front from national dailies)