Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Department of History & Philosophy

Overview & History

As an academic unit of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), the Department of History and Philosophy (DHP) came into being on 1st January 2015 and since then catering GED courses to undergraduate students across North South University. Courses have been designed to promote knowledge in the domain of national and global history, along with the pursuit of developing the ethical and moral values of our students. Significant areas in the realm of history include national culture and heritage, the emergence of Bangladesh, world history, and civilization. The philosophy cluster focuses on business ethics, visionary thinking, and aspects of human psychology. Some full-time foreign faculty members had already served in the department, while two others are continuing. Besides classroom teaching, faculty members have been engaged in knowledge creation in their respective areas.  Eminent educationist Professor M. Emdadul Haque is currently chairing the department, and Professor Sharif Uddin Ahmed had been the founding Chair.

Vision and Mission



The Department of History and Philosophy aspires to be the Centre of Excellence based on historical and philosophical knowledge and research activities within Bangladesh and across South Asia.


  • Pursuing an inclusive approach towards better understanding of the socio-economic and political history of Bangladesh as well as of the South Asian region.
  • Presenting innovative and scholarly research in applied history and philosophy that link up the past heritage, present realities and future aspirations at the national and regional levels.
  • Transforming NSU students to acquire global standard in terms of critical thinking and moral development.
  • Providing basic knowledge to the students in liberal arts to help grow them as human capital with enlightenment, patriotism, ethical standard, and intellectual abilities.


Careers in History and Philosophy

Competent candidates in the domain of History & Philosophy are encouraged to apply for a faculty position and may write to the Chair, DHP on

Visiting Faculty

1.   Dr. A.K.M. Shahnawaz [ASz]
      Ph.D. Jadavpur University, India
      M.A. Jahangirnagar University
      Professor, Jahangirnagar University

2.   Dr. Md. Abdul Muhit [AbM1]
      Ph.D. University of Western Ontario, London
      M.A. University of Western Ontario, London
      Professor (Retd.), University of Dhaka

3.   Dr. Shamim F. Karim [SFK]
      Ph.D. Agra University, India
      M.A. University of Strathclyde, UK
      Professor (Retd.), University of Dhaka

4.   Ms. Rashida Akhter Khanum [RAK]
      M.A. McMaster University, Canada
      Professor (Retd.), University of Dhaka

5.   Dr. Abul Hossain Ahmed Bhuiyan [AHB]
      Ph.D. Central Queensland University, Australia
      M.A. Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada
      Professor, Bangladesh Open University

6.   Dr. Mostofa Nazmul Mansur [MtN4]
      Ph.D. University of Calgary, Canada
      M.A. Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
      Professor, Jahangirnagar University

7.   Dr. Jasim Uddin [JsU]
      Ph.D. New South Wales, Australia
      M.A. University of Dhaka
      Professor, University of Dhaka

8.   Dr. Mohammad Kamrul Ahsan [Krl]
      Ph.D. of Cardiff University, UK
      M.A. Safia University, Bulgaria
      Professor, Jahangirnagar University

9.   Dr. Md. Munir Hossain Talukder [MnT]
      Ph.D. National University of Singapore, Singapore
      M.A. Linkoping University, Sweden
      Professor, Jahangirnagar University

10. Dr. Md. Lutfor Rahman [LfR]
      Ph.D. University of Chittagong, Bangladesh
      M.A. McMaster University, Canada
      Professor, Jagannath University

11. Dr. Mohammad Mozahidul Islam [Mzd]
      Ph.D. University of New South Wales, Australia
      M.A. University of Tsukuba, Japan
      Professor, Jahangirnagar University

12. Dr. Ashfaque Hossain [AHO]
      Ph.D. University of Nottingham, UK
      M.Phil. University of Dhaka
      Professor, University of Dhaka

13. Dr. A K M Golam Rabbani [AGR2]
      Ph.D. University of Nottingham, UK
      M.A. University of Dhaka
      Professor, University of Dhaka

14. Dr. A. K. M. Rezaul Karim [ARK3]
      Ph.D. Kanazawa University, Japan
      M.Sc. University of Dhaka
      Professor, University of Dhaka

15. Dr. Taiabur Rahman [TRh]
      Ph.D. City University of Hong Kong
      M.Phil. University of Bergen, Norway
      Professor, University of Dhaka

16. Dr. S. M. Ali Reza [SAR3]
      Ph.D. Osaka University, Japan
      LLM. Tohoku University, Japan
      Professor, University of Dhaka

17. Dr. Ashit Boran Paul [ABP1]
      Ph.D. Deccan Post Graduate & Research University, India
      M.A. Jahangirnagar University
      Professor, Jahangirnagar University

18. Dr. Kazi Maruful Islam [KFI]
      Ph.D. University of Bonn, Germany
      M.A. University of Bergen, Norway
      Professor, University of Dhaka

19. Dr. Sonia Nishat Amin [SNA]
      Ph.D. University of Dhaka
      M.A. Northeastern University, USA
      Professor (Retd.), University of Dhaka

20. Dr. Eshani Chakraborty [ECh]
      Ph.D. Monash University, Australia
      M.A. Northern Illinois University, USA
      Professor, University of Dhaka

21. Dr. Abul Kalam Azad [Klm]
      Ph.D. University of Aix-Marseille III, France
      M.A. Dalhousie University, Canada
      Professor, Jahangirnagar University

22. Dr. Md. Zakir Hossain [ZkH1]
      M.A. Linkoping University, Sweden
      Professor, Jahangirnagar University

23. Dr. Md. Humayun Kabir [HyK1]
      Ph.D. Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
      M.A. University of Dhaka
      Professor, University of Dhaka

24. Dr. Md. Masood Imran [MDI1]
      Ph.D. Hiroshima University, Japan
      M.Phil. Jahangirnagar University
      Professor, Jahangirnagar University

25. Dr. Md. Manzoor Elahee [MmEe]
      Ph.D. University of Sofia, Bulgaria
      M.A. University of Sofia, Bulgaria
      Professor, Jahangirnagar University

26. Dr. Most. Aeysha Sultana [MAS1]
      Ph.D. Flinders University, Australia
      M.Phil. University of Dhaka
      Professor, University of Dhaka

27. Mr. Mohammad Golam Rabbani [MGRn]
      M.Phil. Janangirnagar University
      M.A. Janangirnagar University
      Professor, Janangirnagar University

28. Dr. Sadik Hasan [SdH1]
      Ph.D. University of Sydney, Australia
      M.PA. University of Baltimore, USA
      Associate Professor, University of Dhaka

29. Dr. Akib Ul Huque [Abq1]
      Ph.D. University Manchester, UK
      M.Sc. University of Dhaka
      Associate Professor, University of Dhaka

30. Dr. Md. Faruk Shah [Fkh]
      Ph.D. University of Auckland, New Zealand
      M.A. University of Dhaka
      Associate Professor, University of Dhaka

31. Dr. Abdus Samad [AbS3]
      Ph.D. University of Delhi, India
      M.A. University of Dhaka
      Associate Professor, Jagannath University

32. Major Gen. Dr. Md. Sarwar Hossain [SwH1]
      Ph.D. University of Dhaka
      M.Phil. Bangladesh University of Professionals
      Adjunct Faculty, DHP

33. Dr. M. Saiful Islam [MSIa]
      Ph.D. National University of Singapore, Singapore
      M.Phil. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
      Associate Professor, University of Dhaka

34. Mr. Aynul Islam [Aym]
      PGD. UMass Amherst, USA
      M.A. Antwerp University, Belgium
      Associate Professor, University of Dhaka

35. Ms. Nasrin Sultana [NSt] (On Leave)
      M.A. University of Alberta, Canada
      Assistant Professor, Janangirnagar University

36. Ms. Fatema Samina Yasmin [FSY]
      M.A. RMIT University, Australia
      Assistant Professor, University of Dhaka

37. Dr. M. Atique Rahman [AqR1]
      M.Law. University of Turin, Italy
      Assistant Professor, University of Dhaka

38. Dr. Saleh Md. Shahriar [SSr1]
      Ph.D. Northwest A&F University, China
      M.A. University of Chittagong
      Adjunct Faculty, DHP

39. Mr. Mohammad Abul Kawser [MAKs]
      M.Phil. University of Oslo, Norway
      M.A. University of Dhaka
      Associate Professor, University of Dhaka

40. Dr. Kazi A.S.M. Nurul Huda [KIS]
      Ph.D. University of Oklahoma, USA
      M.A. University of Oklahoma, USA
      Assistant Professor, University of Dhaka

41. Mr. M. Ashique Rahman [MAR2]
      M.A. Boston University, USA
      Research Fellow, BIISS

42. Mr. Muhammad Badrul Hasan [BdH]
      M.S.S. University of Dhaka
      B.S.S. University of Dhaka
      Assistant Professor, University of Dhaka

43. Barrister Afroz Imtiaz [BAI]
      B.P.T.C. University of West England, UK
      LLB. University of Greenwich, UK
      Adjunct Faculty, DHP

44. Barrister Kazi Tamrin Rashed [KTR]
      Bar-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn, UK
      P.G.D.L. City University, UK
      LLB. University of London, UK
      Adjunct Faculty, DHP

45. Barrister Ridma Khan [Rdn]
      LLM. UCL & Queen Mary University of London, UK
      Adjunct Faculty, DHP

46. Ms. Effat Sharmin [EfS]
      M. Law. BPP University, London
      Adjunct Faculty, DHP

47. Ms. Nishat Anjum Bini [NIB]
      M.A. University of Dhaka
      B.A. University of Dhaka
      Adjunct Faculty, DHP



Program Officer

Md. Remon Talukder


Ms. Mahmuda Begum

Faculty Assistant

Academic Calendar


Academic Calendar...



Events, Seminars & Presentations

List of Seminar

1. Historiography of Bangladesh by Professor Dr. sharif Uddin Ahmed, date 23rd April 2015.

2. Morality and Ethics in Bangladesh by Professor Dr. Mohammad Mozahidul Islam, date-16/06/2015

3. Revisiting the Concept of Sustainability: Economic, Social and Environmental by Professor Dr. Mohammad Kamrul Ahsan , date-30/07/2015

4. Virtues and Emotion: Aristotle's Vs. Islamic View by Professor Dr. Munir Hossain Talukder, date-30/08/2015

5.Is there a place for ethics instruction in liberal arts education?by Professor Norman Kenneth Swazo , Ms. Ridita Rahman Khan & Mr. Tawsif Elahi, date-01/11/2015

6. Refugees of Eastern Borders: Many Histories (1946-1977) by Anindita Ghoshal , Rishi Bankim Chandra College Kolkata, West Bengal, India, date-15/11/2015

7. Famines in Britain and India, 1550-1800: Connected Cultural Histories of Food Security by Dr. Ayesha Mukherjee, University of Exeter, UK, date-22/11/2015

Undergraduate Courses

Current course offerings:

In Summer 2020, the DHP is offering eleven (11) courses in 188 sections run by ten (10) full-time and 43 part-time faculty members. Major courses currently offered by the department are as follows:

  • Emergence of Bangladesh (Compulsory)
  • National heritage and culture
  • Business ethics (Compulsory)
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Introduction to philosophy
  • World history & civilizations

For further information, contact this number 01736494614 of the Department of History & Philosophy.

Catalog 2021-'24

Graduate Program and Courses

The DHP aims at launching a Masters Program in History and Asian Studies (HAS) for generating graduate students with broad based understanding of the past heritage, present opportunities and future prospects of blue economy in Bangladesh and throughout the region. The program will promote academic excellence and diversify of knowledge in politico-economic history among the local and regional students across South Asia.

Research Areas

Name and Designation

Research areas

Dr. M. Emdadul Haque

Professor & Chair

Department of History & Philosophy

Area of Research:  Political history, Narco-diplomacy, India-Bangladesh relations, Public governance & politics


1. Drugs in South Asia: from the Opium Trade to the Present Day (Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000, ISBN 0-333-75465-4); Co-published (New York: St Martin’s Press, 2000, ISBN 0-312-22379-X)

2. Colonial Drug Trade in South Asia: from Palashi to Partition (Dhaka: Century Publications, 2017)

3. Comparative Political Systems  (Dhaka: Century Publications, 2019)

4. Transparency Openness & Ethics in Civil Service (Seoul: KAMAC, 2010)

5. Co-authored, Building Roads and Highways: Public Procurement Practices in Bangladesh (Saarbrucken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2017)

6. The Politics: Basic Understanding (Dhaka: Century Publications, 2019)

* Plus more publications in Bengali 


Dr. Sharif Uddin Ahmed


 Area of Research:  Urban  &   Institutional  History of South  Asia

Major-Publications:A study in Urban History & Development, 1841-1885 published by Curzon Ptess Ltd, London, 1986; History & Heritage,1841-1921 (in Bengali), Academic Press &Publishers Limited Dhaka, 2002;

Dr. Norman Kenneth Swazo , Director,Undergraduate Studies



Area of Research: Ethics in International  Affairs; Biomedical  Ethics /Research Ethics;  Recent

European  Philosophy  (emphasis on Heidegger); Political Philosophy ; Comparative Philosophy /Comparative Religions; History of  Philosophy.

Major-publications: Crisis Theory & World Order: Heidegger Ian  Reflections (New York:SUNY Press,

SUNY’s Series in Global Politics September 2002.

Dr.Niladri Chatterjee

Assistant Professor

Area of research : Modern South Asian History, History of Bengal, The Indian Rebellion of 1857, Political Ecology and Environmental History, Political Economy of Public Health Policy in a Transnational Historical Perspective.

Major publications: The European Response towards the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in Rivista degli Studi Orientali (ISSN:0392-4866),published by the dipartimento Istituto Italiano di Studi orientali,Sapienza Universita di Roma.December 2014

Ms. Sarah Fardeen


Area of Research: Research  interest  lies in the  psychosocial  field. Mental  health development of the South Asian population.


Asiful Basar


Area of Research: Economic History ,south Asian Studies, Climate & International discourse.

Major publications: Climate Change, Loss of livelihood & the Loss of Rural Livelihood: A Story from coastal Bangladesh, VDM Verlag Dr. Muller GmbH & co.KG, ISBN Number:978-3-639-32829-5

Dr. A.K.M. Shahnawaz


Area of Research: Cultural Heritage of world Civilization, Art, Architecture & Archaeology of Bengal, Socio-cultural History of Bengal.

Major Publications: Mudraya O Shilalipite Maddhayajuger Banglar Samaj-Samskrity (Society & Culture of Medieval Bengal On Its Coins and Inscriptions) Dhaka, Bangla Academy, 1999

Dr.Mohammad Mozahidul Islam


Area of Research: Bangladesh Politics, politics of Food Security, Historiography.

Major Publications:  The Toxic politics of Bangladesh: A bipolar competitive neopatrimonial state? Asian Journal of Political Science, 21(2):148-168.(published by Routledge: Taylor and Francis)

Dr.A.K.M.Golam Rabbani


Area of research:  Islamic History and Culture, Muslim World, History South Asia (Ancient to Modern), Bengal and British India, Urban Studies, Urban History, Politics and Planning, National History and Heritages.

Major –Publications:

Dr.Ashfaque Hossain


Area of research:  History of the liberation war of Bangladesh, Aspects of colonial and post-colonial globalization, Maritime History, colonial Bengal and South Asian history.

Major Publications: A short History of the Emergence of Independent Bangladesh (In Bengali, Dhaka: New Age Publication,2014

Rashida Akhter Khanum



Area of Research: Ethics , Epistemology, Environmental Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy and Philosophy of Science

Major Publications: Contemporary gender Issues, Dhaka: A H Development Publishing House, 2012.

Dr. Mostofa Nazmul Mansur


Area of Research: Logic (traditional, Symbolic and Mathematical), Philosophy of Language, Western Philosophical Thoughts, Ethics, Epistemology, Indian Philosophy, Introductory Psychology

Major Publication:W.D.Ross’  Account of What Makes Right Actions right: an Examination, Copula:Jahangirnagar University Studies in Philosophy, Vol.XXXI,pp. 1-13.

Dr. Jasim Uddin



Area of Research: Applied Ethics-which comprises Environmental Ethics, Business Ethics, Ethics & Biotechnology & Engineering Ethics.

Major Publications: 1. Interconnectedness: Ecological and Ontological Realities, Philosophy and Progress, Development Centre for Philosophical Studies (DCPS), Dhaka University (DU), Vol.-June-Dec.2011.

2. Social Ecology as a Critique of Deep Ecology, the Journal of Social Studies, DU, Vol.-2-2009

Dr. Mohammad Kamrul Ahsan


Area of Research: Normative and Applied Ethics (especially Environmental Ethics, Ethics of Sustainable Development, Business Ethics, Professional Ethics, Animal Ethics and Bioethics); Environmental Philosophy; and the History of Normative Philosophy.

Major publications:

Dr. Md. Munir Hossain Talukder



Area of Research: Comparative Environmental Philosophy & Ethics, Bioethics, Applied Ethics, Asian Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics and Technology.

Major Publications: 1. ‘In defence of Geo-Cultural Identity: An Argument Against Kymlicka’s View of Multiculturalism and Minority Rights’, Central European university(CEU) Political Science Journal, Vol.4,no.1, pp1-22, January, 2011. Publisher: Central European University, Hungary.

2. ‘On Patient –Physician Relationships: A Bangladesh Perspective’. Asian Bioethics Review, Vol.2, no.2, pp65-84, June, 2011. Publisher: National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Dr. Hamida Akhtar Begum


Area of Research: Social behaviour like Attitudes, Values, Aggression and Violence, Risk-taking, Aging, Social Psychology of Psychological research, Environmental stress, Poverty, and Gender and Development.

Major Publications: 1. ‘Emerging new Accent:  A Perspective of Gender and Development in Bangladesh’, 1993. 2. ‘Exploring Mental Disorders in Bangladesh’, 2005.

Dr. Shamim F. Karim



Area of Research: Psychology, Education & Child Development Women and Development Counselling & Mental Health.

Major Publications: ‘ A Cross-cultural Study of Theoretical Values of Adolescence’;  Asian Journal of Psychological and Education (APRC, Agra, India), Vol.30, no.1-2 page 1-6, 1997.





Academic Publications



Office & Services

To know more about the Department, please contact:

Program Officer

Department of History and Philosophy
Room # NAC 1047
North South University
Bashundhara R/A, Block # B, Dhaka-1229, Bangladesh
Email :
Telephone: +880 2 55668200. EXT 6366.

Faculty Office Hours

Faculty Office Hours

Greetings from the Chair

It's my great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of History and Philosophy (DHP) at North South University.  The department has been a new inclusion in the academic horizon of the university since 2015. Academically competent and reputed faculty members, both from overseas and local backgrounds, are involved in the offering of courses in history, philosophy, and psychology. Our collective venture is to cultivate knowledge among the young minds to help grow them in the right direction as human capital in society. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and feedback to improve our professional engagement with the students and as well as to society. 

Dr. M. Emdadul Haq



Program Officer
Room # NAC 1047
Department of History and Philosophy
North South University
Bashundhara R/A, Block # B, Dhaka-1229, Bangladesh
Telephone: +880 2 55668200. EXT 6366