Full Time Faculty

Assistant Professor (On Leave)

Ph.D. in Cultural & Regional Studies (majoring in Cultural Anthropology), Hiroshima Univeristy, Japan
M.A. in Cultural & Regional Studies (majoring in Cultural Anthropology), Hiroshima Univeristy, Japan
MSS in Mass Communication, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 2102
Email: humayun.kabir@northsouth.edu
Office:

Curriculum Vitae

Humayun Kabir obtained his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University, Japan.  Prior to his faculty position at North South University, he had been teaching at the Dept. of Global Studies in English (GSE), Hiroshima Jogakuin University. Also, Dr. Kabir served as a postdoctoral research fellow for three years at the Hiroshima University Partnership Project for Peacebuilding and Capacity Development. His research achievements in wide range of human and cultural geographies of modern South Asia (Bangladesh, India, and Nepal) revolve around two, yet interconnected, field of studies—anthropology and sociology. His research interests cover wide range of issues and themes including, but not limited to, madrasa, Muslim identity, ulema (Islamic scholars). As a cultural anthropologists, he continues his fieldwork activities in different rural settings in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. During his postdoctoral fellowship, he had the opportunity to have exposure to various international research and academic collaborative programs in association with UNITAR, Hiroshima, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Institute of Development Economies (IDE), Tokyo.
 His scholarly and research contributions appeared as book chapters in several edited volume including Religion and Representation: Islam and Democracy (eds. Ingrid Mattson, Paul Nesbitt-Larking and Nawaz Tahir, Cambridge Scholars, 2015), The Moral Economy of Madrasas: Islam and Education Today (eds. Sakurai Keiko and Fariba Adelkhah, Routledge, 2011). Some of his scholarly writings on madrasa, ulama (Islamic scholars), Islamism, identity politics and conflict in modern South Asia have been published in various international journals including Contemporary South Asia (London: Routledge), South Asia (Routledge) etc.
Book/Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

 1. HumayunKabir. 2016a. “The ‘Othering’ of Ahmadiyya Community in Bangladesh.” In Faith-based Violence and Deobandi Militancy in Pakistan, ed., Jawad Syed, London: Palgrave McMillan (accepted, forthcoming)

 2. HumayunKabir. 2016b. "The Limit of Secular Nationalism: Revisiting the Politics of Islam and National Identity in Bangladesh.” In The Struggle to Define a Nation: Rethinking Nationalism in the Contemporary Islamic World: Political and Religious Perspectives, eds., Marco Demichelis and Paolo Maggiolini, Piscataway, New Jersey: Gorgias Press (under review).

3. Humayun Kabir. 2016c. "Madrasa Education in Pakistan: The Reform Question." [Trans. Tatsuya Kusakabe]. In Schooling in South Asia: Education and Social Change, eds. Fumiko Oshikawa and Kazuyo Minamide, chapter-9, pp.224-238, Osaka: Showa Press, (frothcoming) [ フマユンカビル(日下部達哉・井出翔太郎訳)。2015a. パキスタンにおけるマドラサ改革の問題. In「学校化」に向かう南アジア―教育と社会変容―(編著押川文子南出和余), 昭和堂,第9 章, pp.224-238 (forthcoming)]

4 HumayunKabir. 2015a. “Beyond Jamaat-e-Islami: The Political Rise of the Deobandis, the Mystic Leaders, and Islamism in Bangladesh” In Religion and Representation: Islam and Democracy, eds., Ingrid Mattson, Paul Nesbitt-Larking and Nawaz Tahir, Chapter Three, 50-78, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. [http://www.cambridgescholars.com/religion-and-representation]

 5. HumayunKabir. 2012a. Politics of Islam, the State, and the Contested Cultural Identity: Ulama’s Activism in Postcolonial Bangladesh, Marased 2, a scholarly peer-reviewed pamphlet, pp.1-42, Alexandria: Bibliotheca Alexdrina Futuristic Studies. [http://www.bibalex.org/publications/ba_publications_en.aspx]

 6. HumayunKabir. 2011a. “Contested Notions of Being ‘Muslim’: Madrasas, Ulama and the Authenticity of Islamic Schooling in Bangladesh.” In The Moral Economy of Madrasas: Islam and Education Today, eds., Keiko Sakurai and FaribaAdelkhah, pp.59-84, London: Routledge.  [http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415589888/ ]

Referred Journal Articles

7. Momotaj Begum and HumayunKabir. 2012b. “Reflections on the Deobandi Reformist Agenda in a Female Quomi Madrasa in Bangladesh.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol. 35, no.2 (special supplement issue): 353-380, Monash University: Routledge. [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2012.659650]

8. HumayunKabir. 2009a. “Replicating the Deobandi Model of Islamic Schooling: The Case of a Quomi Madrasa in a District Town of Bangladesh.” Contemporary South Asia, Vol.17. No. 4: 415-428. London: Routledge.  [DOI:10.1080/09584930903275884].

9. HumayunKabir. 2009b. “Exploring Disciplinary Knowledge of Islam in Madrasa Schooling in Bangladesh: The Allegiance of a Quomi Madrasa to Deoband.” The Journal of Social Studies, No. 123 (July-September), pp.18-38, Centre for Social Studies, Dhaka.

10. HumayunKabir. 2008a. ‘Diversity and Homogeneity of Islamic Education: Colonial Legacy and State Policy towards Madrasas in Bangladesh.’ The Journal of Social Studies, No. 120. (October-December):1-24. Centre for Social Studies, Dhaka.

Discussion & Conference Papers

11. Humayun Kabir. 2016d. From School to Work: Muslim Youths' Education and Employment Strategies in a Community of Uttar Pradesh, India. Institute of Development Economies (IDE) Discussion Paper Series, Tokyo: Institute of Development Economies-Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO). (accepted, forthcoming).

12. HumayunKabir. 2013a. Education, Nationalism, and Conflict in Plural Society in Nepal: Terai Region in the Post Maoist Context. Discussion Paper Series, Vol.19 (March), Hiroshima: Hiroshima University Partnership Project for Peacebuilding and Capacity Development, pp. 1-30. [http://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/hipec/ja/products/dp/dpvol19.pdf]

 13. HumayunKabir. 2013b. “Active Peacebuilding Researches and Approaches: Towards Peacebuilding Theory”, in Seamless Assistance to Indigenous Capacity Development for Peacebuilding, proceedings of HiPeC Wrap-up Seminar, Hiroshima: Hiroshima University for Partnership Project for Peacebuilding and Capacity Development (HiPeC), pp. 15-25. [Online in http://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/hipec/ja/products/report/wrap-up_seminar.pdf ]

 14. HumayunKabir. 2013c. “Peacebuilding Researches and Activities: Theoretical and Practical Learning”, in Seamless Assistance to Indigenous Capacity Development for Peacebuilding, proceedings of HiPeC Wrap-up Seminar, Hiroshima: Hiroshima University for Partnership Project for Peacebuilding and Capacity Development (HiPeC), pp. 44-50. [http://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/hipec/ja/products/report/wrap-up_seminar.pdf ]

 15. HumayunKabir. 2012c. The Rise of New Regional Political Force in Madhes and Its Consequence in Post-Conflict Nepal, Discussion Paper Series, Vol. 15 (May): Hiroshima: Hiroshima University Partnership Project for Peacebuilding and Capacity Development, pp. 1-22.[http://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/hipec/ja/products/dp/dpvol15.pdf]

 16. HumayunKabir. 2011b. “Democracy, Religion, and the State in Bangladesh: Frontiers of Mobilized Islam and the Religious-Cultural Contestation and Conflict”. In Peace From Disasters: Indigenous Initiatives across Communities, Countries and Continents, International Conference Proceedings, ed., HiPeC,pp.30-39,  Hiroshima: Hiroshima University Partnership Project for Peacebuilding and Capacity Development (HiPeC) [http://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/hipec/ja/products/report/international_peacebuilding_conference_2011.pdf ]

 17. HumayunKabir. 2011c. Reflection on Muslim Minority’s Demands in “New Nepal”’, Discussion Paper Series, Vol. 9 (March), Hiroshima: Hiroshima University Partnership Project for Peacebuilding and Capacity Development, pp.1-14. [Online version inhttp://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/hipec/ja/products/dp/dp9.pdf ]

 18. HumayunKabir. 2009c. “Madrasas and the Social Marginalization of Religious-Educated Muslims in an Urban Area of Bangladesh.” Published in Japanese, trans. by Tatsuya Kusakabe. Waseda Asia Review, No.6 (August): 6-10. Tokyo: Waseda University. [online in http://ec.nikkeibp.co.jp/item/books/K01770.html ]

Research Note

19. Humayun Kabir. 2015b. "Education and National Integration in Nepal: Ethnicity, Religion, and Linguistic Diversity." [ trans. Kayo Waguri and Tatsuya Kusakabe]. In Schooling in South Asia: Education and Social Change, eds. Fumiko Oshikawa and Kazuyo Minamide, pp.128-132, Osaka: Showa Press, (frothcoming)[ フマユンカビル (和栗佳代・日下部達哉和訳). 2015b.ネパールの国民統合における民族、宗教、言語の多様性と教育. In 「学校化」に向かう南アジア―教育と社会変容― (編著押川文子南出和余), 昭和堂,pp.128-132 (forthcoming)]

 20. HumayunKabir. 2008b. ‘Some Aspects of Islamic Religious Education in Bangladesh.’ In Consideration on the Framework of Program Approach in International Cooperation on Japanese Model of Educational Cooperation, 2006-2007, pp. 124-144, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science-JSPS, Hiroshima: Hiroshima University 


  • Apr, 2010-Mar, 2013:  Postdoctoral Fellowship (full-time), Hiroshima University Partnership Project for Peacebuilding and Capacity Development (HiPeC), Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University, Japan.
  • Oct, 2004 to Sept, 2009 (Scholarship): Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT) (Monbukagakusho), Hiroshima University 
Oct.2006 to Sept.2009 Hiroshima University, JapanPhD, “ Educational Development and Cultural and Regional Studies”(majoring in Cultural Anthropology; interdisciplinary degree program)Dissertation (in English):Madrasa Education and the Contesting Muslim Identity in Bangladesh: Aspects of Social and Religious Change
Oct.2004 to Sept.2006 Hiroshima University, JapanMA, “Educational Development and Cultural and Regional Studies” (majoring in Cultural Anthropology)Thesis (in English):Madrasa Education in Bangladesh: A Case Study of the Municipality Area in Brahmanbaria District
1997 to 1998 University of Rajshahi, BangladeshMaster of Social Science (MSS), Mass Communication,Faculty of Social ScienceThesis (in English):Effectiveness of Communication and Messages of Grameen Bank (July, 2001)
1994 to 1997  University of Rajshahi, BangladeshBachelor of Social Science (BSS), Mass Communication,Faculty of Social Science

Referred International Conference Presentations

Dec 12-13, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
(Single Author)  



Dec 12-13, 2015 Tokyo, Japan (Single Author)  



May 15-18, 2014Tokyo, Japan
(Single Author)
The 4th International Congress of Bengal Studies-ICBS
Paper Presentation: “Cultural Sociology of Islamic Education in Bangladesh: Perspectives on Class, Culture, and Power”
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies 

The 4th International Congress of Bengal Studies –ICBS
Paper Presentation: “ 'Protector of Islam'--Hefazat-e Islam: Ulama in Politics, The State, and Islamism in Bangladesh”
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies 

Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences-IUAES and the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology-JASCA
Paper Presentation: “Custodians of Muslim Identity: Islam, State and the Ulama in Bangladesh”

Nov 19-22, 2013 Kolkata, India (Single Author) 3rd International Congress of Bengal Studies-ICBS
Paper Presentation: “From Piety to Politics: What Causes the Political Rise of Madrasa Custodians in Contemporary Bangladesh.”
University of Calcutta

July 8-11, 2012 Bangkok, Thailand (Single Author) The 8th Biennial Conference of the Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA)
Paper Presentation: “Religion, State and Education in Bangladesh: Transformation and Resistance of Recognized and Unrecognized Islamic Religious Schools”,
Chulalongkorn University

April 13-14, 2012 Wisconsin-Madison, USA
(Single Author)
Third International Conference on Islam
Paper Presentation: “Demarcating the Right to Deliver Fatwa: Ulama’s Resistance against and Contestation over Constitutional Law in Bangladesh”
University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
March 23-25, 2012,Ontario, Canada (Single Author) Islam and Democracy: Potential and Possibilities
Paper Presentation:
“Beyond Jamaat-e-Islami: The Political Upsurge of the DeobandiUlama and the Competitive Political Frontiers of Islam in Bangladesh” 
University of Western Ontario

Nov24-25, 2011, Singapore
(Single Author)
Muslim Religious Authority in Contemporary Asia
Paper Presentation: “The Political Visibility of Deobandi Islam and the Contested Religious Authorities: Islam, the State and the Ulama in Bangladesh”
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

 Sept 18-19, 2011, Hiroshima, Japan (Single Author) Peace from Disasters: Indigenous Initiatives across Communities, Countries and Continents
Paper Presentation: “Democracy, Religion and the State in Bangladesh: Frontiers of Mobilized Islam and the Religious-Cultural Contestation and Conflict” 
Hiroshima University 
in association with The University of Tokyo

Feb 15-17, 2011 Chicago,USA (Single Author) International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society Paper Presentation: “Islamic Schools and Contested Muslim Identity in South Asia: The Cases of Bangladesh and Nepal”
Religion & Society and College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 
Dec 17-19, 2010 Kyoto, Japan
(Co-authored with Momotaj Begum)
3rd Islamic Area Studies International Conference on New Horizons in Islamic Area Studies: Continuity, Contestation and the Future Poster Presentations:“Reflections on the Islamic Reformist Ideals in Female Madrasas in Bangladesh: Muslim Womanhood and Changing Gender Role in Religious Spheres”
National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) and Waseda University

Dec. 12-13, 2009 Cairo, Egypt (Single Author) The 2nd International Conference on Islamic Area Studies (IAS), New Horizons in Islamic Area Studies: Identities, Coexistence and Globalization
Poster Presentation:
“Why Fatwa is Important in Modern Muslim Society? One Case of Contesting Religious Authority and Islamic Activism in Bangladesh.” 
Cairo University jointly with National Institute for the Humanities (Tokyo)

Nov 22-24, 2008 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(Single Author)
The 1st Islamic Area Studies International Conference, New Horizons in Islamic Area Studies: Islamic Scholarship across Culture and Continents
Paper Presentation: “Contested Notions of Being ‘Muslim’: Madrasas, Ulama and the Authenticity of Islamic Schooling in Bangladesh”
University of Malaya jointly with Asia-Europe Institute & National Institute for the Humanities (Tokyo)

Referred Academic Society Presentation

Oct. 5-6, 2013 Hiroshima, Japan (Single Author) The 26th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies-JASAS
Paper Presentation: “Muslims’ Education in India: Patterned Religious-Cultural Norms and Social Disparity in a Community in Hapur District, Uttar Pradesh.”
Hiroshima University
 
October 2-3, 2010 Tokyo, Japan (Single Author) 23rd Annual Session of the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS)
Paper Presentation:“Madrasas and the Contested Muslim Identity: Islam, the State and the Ulama in Bangladesh”
Hosei University
 
May 16-17, 2009 Hiroshima, Japan (Single Author) 25th Annual Meeting of Japan Association for Middle East Studies (JAMES)
Paper Presentation: “Emerging Madrasa Schooling and the Social Marginalization of Religious-educated Muslims: The Case of a Municipal Town in Bangladesh”
Hiroshima City University

Other Research Seminars/Talks

May 24, 2014 Chiba, Japan (Single Author) Research Meeting on Transition from School to Work: Linkage of Education and Employment in India
Paper Presentation: “Muslim Education in India: The Case of a Community in Uttar Pradesh.”
Institute of Development Economies-Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) 

July 6, 2012 Tokyo, Japan (Single Author) Seminar on Whither Goes Nepal: Constituent Assembly Expired and the Issues in Peacebuilding Assistance
Paper Presentation: “Regionalism and Ethnic-Caste Division in Tarai Districts of Nepal”
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

 Feb 22, 2013 Hiroshima, Japan (Single Author) Hiroshima University Partnership Project for Peacebuilding and Capacity Development Research Seminar on Peace, Security and Coexistence
Paper Presentation:“Identity Politics, Conflict Transformation, and Ethno-Regionalism in Nepal’s Tarai: The Post-Maoist Context”
Hiroshima University
 
Feb 3, 2011 Kathmandu, Nepal (Single Author) Seminar on Peacebuilding
Paper Presentation: “Building ‘Naya(New)’ Nepal: Muslim Minority’s Negotiation in State and Peacebuilding Process in Nepal”
Center for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS), Tribhuvan University
 
Jan 25, 2011 Chiba, Japan (Single Author) Seminar on Peacebuilding in South Asia
Paper Presentation: “The Rise of Madhesi Identity Politics and Its Implication in Post-conflict Nepal” 
Institute of Development Economies-Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO)

May 25, 2011 Tokyo, Japan (Single Author)  Seminar on Madrasas in Asia
Paper Presentation: “Madrasas and Muslim Identity: Transformation of Islamic Education in ‘New Nepal’” 
Waseda University

October 23, 2010 Kyoto, Japan (Single Author) Seminar on Right to Education in South Asia
Paper Presentation:“Religion and Educational Attainment in Bangladesh: Comparison between Reformed and Unreformed Madrasas” 
Center for Integrated Area Studies (CIAS), Kyoto University

Nov 2, 2007 Kyoto, Japan (Single Author) Seminar on Madrasas in Asia
Paper Presentation: “Diversity and Homogeneity of Islamic Education: Colonial Legacy and State Policy towards Madrasas in Bangladesh”,
Center for Integrated Area Studies (CIAS), Kyoto University
ANT-103: INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOC-101: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
SOC-103: INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY
*[All courses are offered in English]

ACADEMIC SOCIETIES

Member (since May 2014), International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Science-IUAES

 

Member (since Nov. 2013), International Congress of Bengal Studies-ICBS

 

Member (since July 2012), Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA)

 

Member (since Oct. 2010), Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS)

 

Member (since May, 2009) Japan Association for Middle East Studies (JAMES)

 

Research Interests
  • Madrasas (Islamic religious schools) and Muslim identity
  • Ulema (Islamic scholar) and politics of Islam; Islam and Democracy
  • Muslim minority in South Asia
  • Identity and conflict in South Asia
  • Religion, Education, and Culture in South Asia; Anthropology/Sociology of religion

Research Specialization:
Cultural Anthropology/ Area Studies (South Asia)

Fieldwork Sites:

Bangladesh, India, and Nepal

On Going Research Project
1. "Who are Shia in Bangladesh: Language, Religious Practices, and Transnational Links"
Project Duration:
From Sept 2014-
Position:
Co-researcher
Funding:
Organization for Islamic Area Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo; Research grant from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Organization for Islamic Area Studies, Waseda University (project leader: Prof. Keiko Sakurai, Dean, Organization for Islamic Area Studies, Waseda University & Professor, Faculty of International Research and Education, Waseda University, Tokyo)

2. Muslim Youths' Education and Employment Trends in Uttar Pradesh, India
Project Title:
"Transition from School to Work: Linkage of Education and Employment in India"
Project Duration:
Apr, 2014 to March 2016
Funding:
Institute of Development Economies (IDE), Tokyo
Project Organizer: NAKAMURA Mari, Institute of Development Economies-Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO), Tokyo
About the project: http://www.ide.go.jp/English/Research/Project/2015/c25.html 

3. Linkage of Education and Work: Madrasa Youths Livelihood Opportunities in Bangladesh
Project Title: "Youth Migration and their Cultural Formation in the Era of Economic Growth in Bangladesh”
Project Duration: Apr, 2015 to March 2018
Position: Co-researcher
Funding: Grants-in-Aid for Young Scientists-A, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Government of Japan, led by Prof. Kazuyo Minamide, St. Andrew's University, Osaka, Japan

Externally Reviewed Research Grants
Total Fund: JPY 3, 445,00 ($30,000)
Project:
Religion and Educational Development in South Asia: A Cross-Country Comparison
Position: Principal Investigator
Project Duration: Apr 2011-March 2014
Fund: Gants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Young Researchers-B, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Government of Japan

Other Research Grants:
Total Fund: JPY 750,000 ($6,600)
Project:
Ethnic and Regional Identity Politics and Peacebuilding in Nepal
Position: Principal Investigator
Project Duration: Nov, 2011-March, 2011
Fund: Hiroshima University Young Researcher Long-term Dispatch Program

Total Fund: JPY 700,000 ($6,100)
Project:
Education and Social Change in South Asia
Position: Cooperative Researcher
Project Duration: Apr, 2010- March, 2012
Fund: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Category-A, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Center for Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto University, Project Led by Prof. Fumiko Oshikawa

Total Fund: JPY 700,000 ($6,100)
Project:
Madrasa Education in Contemporary Asia
Position: Cooperative Researcher
Project Duration: Apr, 2008- March, 2010
Fund: Islamic Area Studies (IAS) Program, Government of Japan; funded to Organization for Islamic Area Studies (OIAS), Waseda University, Tokyo; project led by Prof. SAKURAI Keiko






JPY 3,445,000

Full Time Faculty

Assistant Professor (On Leave)

Ph.D. in Cultural & Regional Studies (majoring in Cultural Anthropology), Hiroshima Univeristy, Japan
M.A. in Cultural & Regional Studies (majoring in Cultural Anthropology), Hiroshima Univeristy, Japan
MSS in Mass Communication, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 2102
Email: humayun.kabir@northsouth.edu
Office:

Curriculum Vitae