Syed Khwaja Moinul Hassan:An Eminent Poet & Educator

April 7, 2009

Syed Khwaja Moinul Hassan lectured on Romantic and Modern Poetry in the Department of English, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he was an Assistant Professor before leaving for the United States for his doctoral degree in 1984.  

Hassan had his early education in St. Gregory’s High School, spent a couple of years at Notre Dame College before entering the Department of English in the University of Dhaka in 1970. Hassan stood First in the First Class in the B.A. (Honors) examination in 1973 and was awarded the Pope Memorial Gold Medal for Literature by the University of Dhaka . He completed M.A. in English Literature in 1974 and M.A. in History in 1977 from the University of Dhaka .

Hassan became the University Champion in English Debate in the Dhaka University Week in 1975 in which he vehemently refuted the motion “Global Peace is Possible Through Nuclear Arms.”

 

As one of Purdue’s leading activists in Palestinian politics, he served as President of the General Union of Palestine Students (1989-1992), Vice-President of the Friends of Palestine (1989-1991), and Editor-in-Chief of Intifada , a monthly newsletter devoted to Middle east affairs and published at Purdue.

Hassan was a Coordinator and Host of the Purdue Poets radio program on WBAA, the Purdue University, Public Broadcasting Service, radio station (1986-1989). He served as a graduate student member of the Purdue University Senate for Student Affairs. He was also one of the Associate Justices, in the judiciary branch of the Purdue Student Government.  

Hassan wrote his doctoral dissertation in Modern English Poetry on the poetry and politics of William Butler Yeats, at Purdue University. Hassan published several volumes of poetry in English since the seventies:

Between Barbed Wires (Provincial Books, Dhaka), 1977

Inner Edge (Writers Workshop, Calcutta), 1987

Ashes and Sparks (Writers Workshop, Calcutta & Provincial Books, Dhaka), 1989, which was published simultaneously in India & Bangladesh.

Rhymes for Muslim Children , Iqra International Educational Foundation, 1992.

Burning the Olive Branch, (Ankur Prakashani), was published in 1995.

Hassan was mentioned in the Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English (Volume 2) published by Routledge in 1996.

In addition, since 1994, Hassan has been the US Correspondent for Holiday, one of the largest English weeklies in Bangladesh.

Hassan served as a  Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Claflin University in South Carolina. He is a recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award, selected by the governor of South Carolina in 1996.
He was married to Labiba, and has three daughters: Sara, Shoeba, and Homa.

One Response to “Syed Khwaja Moinul Hassan:An Eminent Poet & Educator”

  1. Khawja Waqar Azim Says:

    It’s a great great acheivement. We all the Nawabbarians proud of him. We will not get another Moin Bhai in future.

    Thanks
    Khawja Waqar Azim
    Dhak


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