Harun-or-Rashid is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He received his B.A.(Honours) and M.A. degrees from the same university and a Ph.D. degree from the University of London. He has also completed a course of study on peace and conflict resolution at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is the author of a number of books and numerous articles published both in the country and abroad. His works include Bangladesh: Politics, Governance and Constitutional Development,1757-2000, (Bangla; Dhaka 2001); 'The Bengal Partition Revisited', Amrik Singh (ed.), The Partition in Retrospect (New Delhi 2000); 'Bangladesh: The First Successful Secessionist Movement in the Third World', Premdas et al. (eds.), Secessionist Movements in Comparative Perspectives (London 1990). The revised and enlarged edition of his The Foreshadowing of Bangladesh: Bengal Muslim League and Muslim Politics, 1906-1947 is being reissued (2003) by UPL, Dhaka. He was the Assistant Editor of the three-volume History of Bangladesh, 1704-1971 (Asiatic Society, Dhaka