|Khoda Hafez vs Allah Hafez and Other Critical Essays
ISBN 984 05 1776 7 2007 130p 215x136mm HB Tk.320.00 US$23.00
The themes of the twenty three short essays in this collection vary widely, from the sudden shift of popular preference in favour of Allah Hafez and away from the age-old Khoda Hafez, to the Bengali’s propensity to say Oshubidha Nai, or “no problem,” in a land beset with problems, to limits of freedom to talk about Islam, and Islamist extremism.
Communalism; erosion of secularism; Aroj Ali Matubbor; RAB “crossfire” killings; Asian tsunamis; floods and earthquakes; Professor Muhammad Yunus and economics; Bangladeshi housemaids in foreign lands-these and other equally disparate themes fill the pages of this book. It will be easy to see, however, that a cold stream of critical thinking run through them. The author extends his critical look from the light-hearted Oshubidha Nai to the theme of Islamist extremism in the context of recent events and the modem world.
Mahfuzur Rahman, economist, took his Master’s Degrees from the Universities of Dacca (1955) and Manchester, England (1966), and a Ph.D. from the Netherlands School of Economics, Rotterdam (1973). He has worked in various capacities as an economist in the former East Pakistan Planning Department and in Bangladesh Planning Commission. He was a senior economist at the United Nations in New York from 1976 to 1995.
His publications include Exports of Manufactures from Developing Countries: A Study in Comparative Advantage, Rotterdam University Press (1973) and World Economic Issues at the United Nations: Half a Century of Debate, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston (2001).
He is an occasional contributor to The Daily Star, from which most of the essays of this book have been collected.