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Dr. Mohammad Jahangir Alam

The Department of Comparative Religion was established on December 1, 1999, with Dr.Kazi Nurul Islam as the Founding Chair. Although religions of the world teach love and preach sympathy for others, the world today is torn by conflicts, enmity, and religious hatred. In this predicament, a peaceful world is impossible unless people belonging to different faiths understand each other better. This can be and should be done through knowledge, dialogue and demonstration of the fact that love, compassion, selflessness and inner truthfulness have ultimately higher power than hatred, enmity, and self-interest. This prompted Dr. Islam to establish the Department of this kind. Immediately after the establishment of the Department, the then Secretary-General of the UN Mr. Kofi Anan and Pope John Paul II congratulated the Vice-Chancellor Prof. A. K. Azad Chowdhury for his sincere cooperation to establish the Department. The Department was renamed as the Department of World Religions in 2000. However, the name of the Department has changed again in 2008 and the present name is the Department of World Religions and Culture. The Department offers a four-year B.A. Honours and a one-year M.A. course, a two-year M.Phil program and three year Ph.D. program.