Rafida Bonya Ahmed

Rafida is a published author, moderator at Mukto-mona blog, the first online platform for Bengali-speaking freethinkers, and has been a Visiting Research Scholar at UT Austin since 2016, working on the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Bonya is the widow of Avijit Roy, a well-known writer, blogger, and activist who founded Mukto-mona. Avijit was murdered and Bonya gravely injured when they were attacked by Islamists during a book-signing trip to Dhaka in 2015.

Session Detail :

Fighting machetes with a pen Bangladeshi-American author Rafida Ahmed in conversation with Kanchan Gupta about the shrinking space for religious critique in Bangladesh and the rise of religious extremism.

Rafida Bonya Ahmed and Kanchan Gupta

  • Saturday, August 4
  • 12.30 – 1.30
  • Silver Oak
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