Muhammad Habibur Rahman

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Habibur Rahman
মুহাম্মদ হাবিবুর রহমান
Habibur Rahman.jpg
Rahman in 2011
Prime Minister of Bangladesh
In office
31 March 1996 – 23 June 1996
President Abdur Rahman Biswas
Preceded by Khaleda Zia
Succeeded by Hasina Wazed
Chief Justice of Bangladesh
In office
1 February 1995 – 30 April 1995
Preceded by Shahabuddin Ahmed
Succeeded by A. T. M. Afzal
Personal details
Born (1928-12-03)3 December 1928
Murshidabad, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died 11 January 2014(2014-01-11) (aged 85)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Political party Independent
Alma mater University of Dhaka
University of Oxford

Muhammad Habibur Rahman (3 December 1928 – 11 January 2014) was a Chief Justice of Bangladesh Supreme Court in 1995.[1] He was the Chief Adviser of the 1996 caretaker government which oversaw the Seventh parliamentary elections in Bangladesh.[1]

Rahman was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1984 and Ekushey Padak in 2007 by the Government of Bangladesh. He served as a Fellow of Bangla Academy, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and Worcester College, Oxford.[1]


Rahman was educated in Kolkata, Dhaka, Oxford and London. He attended the University of Dhaka[1] and was an activist in the Bengali Language Movement.[2]


Rahman began his career as a lecturer in history of Dhaka University in 1952. Later he joined Rajshahi University where he subsequently held the office of Dean of the Faculty of Law (1961) and of Reader in History (1962–64). He changed his profession in 1964 when he took to law and joined the Dhaka High Court Bar. In his legal career, he held the offices of Assistant Advocate General (1969), Vice President of High Court Bar Association (1972) and member of Bangladesh bar council(1972).[1]


Rahman was an author of seventy books in Bengali on law, language, literature, poetry and religion and five books in English, including two books of verse. Law of Requisition (1966), Rabindra Prabandhey Sanjna O Parthakya Bichar (1968), Jatha-sabda (1974), Matri-bhashar Sapakshey Rabindranath (1983), Qur'an-sutra (1984), Bachan O Prabachan (1985), Gangariddhi thekey Bangladesh (1985), Rabindra Rachanar Rabindra-byaksha (1986), Rabindra-kabyey Art, Sangeet O Sahitya (1986), Koran-shorif Sorol Banganubad, On Rights and Remedies, Amara ki Jabo-na Tader Kachhey Jara Shudhu Banglai Katha Baley (1996).


Rahman made notable contributions to the Language Movement, 21 February 1952 of the then East Pakistan. He was the first person to break the Section 144 lead the first batch of a procession and was arrested soon after that. On that day, the police and parliamentary forces resorted to widespread tear gas shelling, clubbing and finally shooting. Consequently, several students were killed, hundreds were injured and thousands were arrested.


On 11 January 2014, at the age of 85, Rahman died at United Hospital, Gulshan, Dhaka.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Khan, Muazzam Hussain (2012). "Rahman, Justice Muhammad Habibur". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ "Habibur Rahman passes away". 11 January 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2017.

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