"Because of the prohibition of all organisations in opposition to the "party" of the Shah, the opposition tended to gather in the mosques.
A photo essay of the changing fashions on the streets of Dhaka.
The mayhem being perpetrated by Islamist extremists in Bangladesh is so widespread, and the threat of worse to come so real, that there is now a sense of crisis in the air. And it is time too.
It is an indication of the worrying political trends in Bangladesh that the Bangladesh National Party-Jamaat-i-Islami alliance currently in power is one of the most right-wing elected governments in the country's history and yet even this government is unable to satisfy extremist politico-religious groups.
A series of coordinated blasts of over 400 bombs in 63 out of 64 districts on 17 August 2005 firmly put Bangladesh as another hotbed of terrorism.
More than 50 people have been injured in a series of simultaneous bomb blasts across Bangladesh.
A useful article on the history of Muslim fundamentalism in Bangladesh.
BRAC and the Pratichi Trust-Bangladesh founded by Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen, took an initiative to train women from the remote corners of Bangladesh in journalism.
The protesters had gathered to hear their neighbours denounced as heretics and infidels. The target of this passionate hatred was the Ahmadiyya community, sometimes called Ahmadis or Qadianis.
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