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Department of History & Philosophy

Overview & History

Careers in History

Careers in Philosophy

Visiting Faculty


Mst. Momtaz Begum

Designation: Dept. Secretary


Ms. Mahmuda Begum

Designation: Faculty Assistant


Academic Calendar

Weekly Schedule

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

Attention GED Courses!!!!!

Department of History & Philosophy(DHP)

Department of History & Philosophy plans to offer the following GED courses during   Spring-2016 Semester.

Previous  Code

Present  Code

Title of the Course



Bangladesh History & Culture



Indo-Bangla History/South Asian History



Islamic History



World History



Introduction to Philosophy



Logic and Reasoning



Introduction to Ethics



Business Ethics



Introduction to Psychology



Introduction to Social Psychology


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

Graduate Course

Research Areas


Name and Designation

Research areas


Dr. Sharif Uddin Ahmed

Professor &Chair

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.







Referance Library

Office & Services

Faculty Office Hours

Greetings from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of History and Philosophy.  I am pleased to inform you that as a result of the new policy of the University, History and Philosophy have now become an integrated part of general education. This was done in order to make the University a broad based center of higher education with substantial components of liberal arts courses. Hence the need was felt to have a separate department to cope with the new situation. This new department was officially launched from 1 January 2015.

I joined the new department as its Chairman along with Professor Dr. Norman Kenneth Swazo and   Dr. Khondoker Iftekhar Iqbal as Associate Professor. All of them had higher degrees from Europe and America. There were also substantial numbers of Adjunct Faculties who are also highly qualified.

At present the Department offers eight (8) courses namely –

            a. Bangladesh: History Culture Heritage
            b. Indo-Bangla History
            c. Islamic History  
            d. World History
            e. Introduction to Philosophy
            f. Logic and Reasoning 
            g) Introduction to Ethics  
            h)Introduction to Psychology
            i)  Introduction to Social Psychology; and  j) Business Ethics.

During the last Summer Semester the Department had 40 sections with 20 Full-time and Part-time Faculty members. From Spring 2016 we are offering courses to fifty-five sections (55).

The Department has already marked its presence at NSU through various activities. It has submitted a plan to the University to establish the NSU Archives where all records, documents and data of the University will be preserved for future use. It is going to publish an Annual Research Journal of History and Philosophy. At present it organizes a monthly seminar where faculty members present their research papers. Already seven such seminars had been held.

The Department is participating vigorously the Celebration of 24 Years of Glory of NSU. It will organize special seminars and public lectures.

The Department is also going to organize soon two International Seminars on The Muslin – A Unique Cultural Heritage of Bangladesh and Morality and Ethics in Bangladesh.

The Department has also planned to offer a Degree Program in Ethics and Social Responsibility   which is awaiting approval of the University Grants Commission. It is also planning to offer a Masters’ Degree Program in History: Culture and Heritage.

Dr. Sharifuddin Ahmed
Ph.D., University of London, UK