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Missionary Spotlight-Bangladesh
June 2005
Bangladesh

Missionary Spotlight-Bangladesh

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh has a population of 142 million – 98% Bengali, 83% Muslim and 16% Hindu. During the fifteenth and sexteenth centuries, Bengal was the wealthiest part of the Indian subcontinent. It was also the place where missionary William Carey laboured for many years, the first Bangla grammar book being authored by him. Independence   After World War 2 the British granted India independence and divided it up by religion – the result was India in the centre (Hindu), flanked by East and West Pakistan – both Muslim. But having West and East Pakistan as one country was a bad mistake, for...

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January 1998
Bangladesh

Missionary Spotlight – Bangladesh – Features

Area: 55.6 thousand square miles. Bounded by India, Myanmar (Burma) and the Bay of Bengal. Physical: Bangladesh occupies the delta and floodplains of the rivers Ganges and Brahmaputra. With three-quarters of the land less than ten feet above sea level, violent monsoons and high annual rainfall (100 inches) cause frequent, serious flooding. Increased salinity in the delta has destroyed fisheries, contaminated drinking-water and damaged forests. Population: Over 132 million, including Bengali – 97%; tribal groups – 1%; others, including Bihari and Urdu – 2%. Bangladesh is the most densely populated country in the world, with more than 2,255 people per square mile. Most live in...

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January 1998
Bangladesh

Missionary Spotlight – Bangladesh – Feature Article

History From 200 B.C. until A.D. 1200 this area was ruled variously by Buddhist or Hindu dynasties. Muslim domination came when the Delhi Sultanate was established in 1206. After that, Afghan and then Mogul rulers governed the territory for 600 years. During the time of the Moguls, different European traders began to visit Bengal. Eventually, in 1857, Bengal became part of British India. During the early twentieth century new links were forged between Bengali Muslims and their Arab co-religionists. One result of this was the emergence of de facto Muslim castes, which added further complications to a society already influenced by the Hindu caste system....

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January 1998
Bangladesh

Missionary Spotlight – Bangladesh – A correspondent writes

Some days ago, I returned from a three-week visit to Bangladesh; my first time back for five years. There have been some dramatic changes. The population in Dhaka has increased to 10 million and is due to rise further to mega-city levels early next century. Even village roads seemed crowded with people. Paradoxically, prosperity is also increasing – buildings are going up everywhere; standards are improving; most people are working, earning at least a survival wage. Garment industries may offer pitifully low wages by Western standards, but they are economic salvation to thousands of families. Poverty remains the lot of the vast majority but most...

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