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Syed Murtaza Ali (July 1, 1902 – August 9, 1981) was a Bangladeshi writer and historian.[1] He was the elder brother of writer and linguist Syed Mujtaba Ali.[1]

Syed Murtaza Ali
Native name সৈয়দ মুর্তাজা আলী
Born (1902-07-01)July 1, 1902
Karimganj, Assam Province, British India
Died August 9, 1981(1981-08-09) (aged 79)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nationality Bangladeshi
Alma mater Presidency College, Calcutta
Occupation Civil servant
  • Khan Bahadur Sikandar Ali (father)
Relatives Syed Mujtaba Ali (brother)


Background and educationEdit

Ali's ancestral residence was at Uttarsur, Habiganj District. His father, Khan Bahadur Sikandar Ali, was a Sub-Registrar.[1] 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; Harun-or-Rashid, Md. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.