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Editorial Note (Volume 1, Issue 2: 2016)

The Volume 1. Issue Number 2 of the South Asian Journal of Social Sciences is being published in the month of February coinciding the commemoration of the martyrs days for the fallen heroes of the Language Movement. This issue features articles ranging from a historical analysis of Islamic education and the challenges it is facing from various corners to issues of public health, migration, indigenous religious beliefs, and perceptions of disasters. Like the previous issue, the coverage is eclectic and interdisciplinary. Ali Riaz traces the origin of the Islamic education since the sixth century, from the dawn of Islam through the Golden Age of Islamic education and scholarship to the policy debates of the present. This issue also covers a wide range of topics covering conditions of economically disadvantaged women living with HIV in Sri Lanka by M. E. P. Ranmuthugala and Premakumara de Silva and internal migration in Bhojpur in eastern Nepal by Binayak Krishna Thapa.  This issue also features Bashabi Barua’s interpretation of the myth of the deity Manassa in Bengal. It also features a study of earthquake perceptions in Bangladesh by Md. Abdus Sattar and Umasree Dhar. Natasha Israt Kabir, in this Issue, discusses the issue of sexual and reproductive rights in South Asia with the specific focus on Nepal and Bangladesh. Our readers will

The issue has followed an important conference titled, “International Conference on Envisioning Our Common Future” organized by the Bangladesh Study Forum (BDSF) and the South Asian Youth Research Institute for Development (SAYRID) in Dhaka from December 22-23, 2016. The South Asian Journal of Social Sciences also sponsored the conference. The conference, organized under a limited budget, was a huge success mainly due to the enthusiasm and dedication of the young sociologists of Bangladesh who took up the challenge of organizing an international conference. Participants from as far as Finland and Australia took part along with the US, South Korea, the UAE, Qatar, India, Maldives, Nepal and several private universities in Bangladesh.  Presenters from the media and the Third Sector also participated in the conference. We look forward to considering some of the papers for publication in our future issues.

The conference covered a wide range of issues, which ensured not only the senior social scientists interface with the early career social scientists but also other forms of presentation such as posters.  It was, indeed, a celebration of ideas.

In the forthcoming issues, we also welcome, Research Notes (2000 words), academic responses to papers presented in our Journal (1500 words). Missing in the present issue is Book Review. We welcome book reviews (1000 to 1500 words) and Review Articles (2500 words).

Habibul Haque Khondker
Editor-in-Chief, South Asian Journal of Social Sciences 
Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE