Professor Ashfaque Hossain
MA (Dhaka) MPhil (Dhaka) PhD (Nottingham, UK)
Dr Ashfaque Hossain is a Professor (from January 2014) at the Department of History in the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has been a faculty at the University of Dhaka for the last 18 years. He is the recipient of various awards and honours. Notable among them are the UGC Research Award 2013 in Arts & Social Science and Justice Ibarhim Memorial Gold Medal for Outstanding Research in Arts & Social Science, University of Dhaka (2012-2013). Professor Hossain is a highly accomplished scholar, with six books in Bengali as well as several articles in internationally renowned journals, such as Modern Asian Studies and the Journal of Global History published by Cambridge University Press and CCPP (UK).
Professor Hossain was educated at the University of Dhaka and the University of Nottingham, UK. He has BA (Honours), MA and MPhil degrees in history from the University of Dhaka. The title of his MPhil thesis is ‘the Emergence of Bangladesh and the United Nations’. His MPhil thesis focuses on the multi-layered history of the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
Professor Ashfaque Hossain obtained PhD degree in Economic History from the University of Nottingham, UK and title of his PhD is: ‘Historical Globalization and its Impact: A Study on Sylhet and its People’. His doctoral research focuses on aspects of colonial and post-colonial globalization especially in Sylhet and Assam, its relationship to both local and global political, economic and social forces. Recently, he has examined the maritime activities and emigration of Muslim Sylhetis, from what today is north-eastern Bangladesh.
Professor Hossain has been teaching modern Asian, European and American history, colonial Bengal and South Asian history at the University of Dhaka. In the same period, as an adjunct faculty, he also taught History of Bangladesh/ Bangaldesh Studies at North South University, East West University, BRAC University and Bangladesh Open University.
Professor Hossain is currently an elected Member of the Senate of the University of Dhaka. Professor Ashfaque Hossain has recently been appointed as the founder Director of the Centre for Research on Bangladesh Liberation War (CRBL), University of Dhaka.
Professor Ashfaque Hossain was born in Moulvibazar (Sylhet) in 1969.
Professor, Department of History (Since January 2014), University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh. Email, email@example.com Cell: 88-01766-10262
Centre for Research on Bangladesh Liberation War (CRBL), University of Dhaka
Date of Birth: December 31, 1969
Education & Experiences
PhD, University of Nottingham, UK, 2010 [ Field: Economic History]
MPhil, University of Dhak, 1999 [ Field: Liberation War of Bangladesh ]
M.A. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1991(Held in 1994)
B.A. (Honours) University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1990 (Held in 1992)
Pervious Appointment & Professional Experiences
Associate Professor, January 2010 to December 2013. Department of History, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh,
Assistant Professor, September 2003 to January 2010. Department of History, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Lecturer, July 1999 to August 2003. Department of History, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Research Fellow, June 1997 to December 1998. Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Assistant Editor, June 1996 to May 1997. Daily Manavjamin, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Assistant Editor, February 1995 to May 1996. Daily Banglabazar, Bangladesh
Institute of Business Administration (IBA) 2012 to present. University of Dhaka
North South University, 2015 to present. Department of English and Humanities
Dhaka University, East West University (Bangladesh), BRAC University (Bangladesh) and Bangladesh Open University
History of Bangladesh/Bangladesh Studies (Undergraduate), History of the Civilization and Culture (Undergraduate), The Fareast in Modern Times (BA), European History (BA) American History (BA), Modern Colonial and Postcolonial Bengal (MPhil) and South Asian History (BA), History of Ideas (MA)
Joint Secretary, Bangladesh Association of American Studies (BAAS) June 2013 to Present
Joint-General Secretary, Bangladesh Historical Association, December 2010 to January 2012
Senate Member, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Associate Editor, Bangladesh Historical Studies 2009 to Present
Associate Editor, Bangladesh Asiatic Society Patrika 2009 to 2011
Assistant Editor, Banglapedia, January 2010 to December 2011.
Life Member, Bangladesh History Association 2003 to Present
Life Member, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh 1999 to Present
Life Member, Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Member of Senate, the Dhaka University Senate, 2012 to present
Member of the Academic Council, Associate Professor Category, 2010-2012
Awards & Honours
Recipient of UGC Research Award 2013 in Arts & Social Science
Recipient of Justice Ibarhim Memorial Gold Medal for Outstanding Research in Arts & Social Science, University of Dhaka (2012-2013)
International Scholarship (ORS), the University of Nottingham, UK 2004-2007
Bursary, School of History, the University of Nottingham, UK, 2004-2008
Bangabnadhu Overseas Scholarship, the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2004-2007
Royal Historical Society, UK: Research Grant for Archival Study at James Finlay Archives, University of Glasgow, 2005
Research Fellow, Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1997-1998
International Seminars, Syposiums & Workshops
3rd South Asian History Conference, Panjabi University, Patiala, Panjab, India, 15-18 October, 2015. Guest of Honour & Session Chair
International Conference on "1947: Rethinking" on 13th – 14th March 2015, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India. Distinguished Speaker & Session Chair.
International Symposium on Water-space, Empire and Mobility in South-eastern Asia, June 14, 2013, Humboldt University Berlin
International Workshop on Social History, June 18-20, June 2013 IISH, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Study Visit to Loughborough University, UK, funded by British Council, 18-22 March 2013.
International Seminar in Vidysagar University, West Bengal, 15-18 May, 2012
Encounters and Intersections Religion Diaspora and Ethnicities, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, 9 -11 July 2008
Oxford World History Graduate Workshop, Hilary Term, Faculty of History, University of Oxford, 7th March 2007
Two Days Workshop at Centre for Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies, University of Bristol, 22-23 September 2006
Doctoral Training in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies: Colonial Cultures, A One-Day PhD Student Workshop at the University of Warwick, Tuesday 4th July 2006
One Week Doctoral Training Workshop, Centre for Colonial and Post Colonial Studies, University Of Bristol, UK, 26 March to 31 March 2006.
Economic History Society Conference, University of Leicester, UK, 8-10 April 2005
International Conference of Historians of Asia, Dhaka 2002, Organized By IAHA, Dhaka
International Conference on Regional History, Sylhet 1998, Organized By Bangladesh History Association
Research Experience in UK
BBC World Service Trust, Translator, (From Sylheti/Bengali to English, Bangladeshi Diaspora Research, 2009. (Conducted by IFF Research London Limited.)
University of Kent, Part-time Investigator and Main Translator, 2008-2009, (From Sylheti/Bengali to English).What Kind of Languages Services Should Public Authority Provide to Minority Groups: The Case of Bangladeshis in London, a Project Funded by Nuffield Small Social Science Grants-SGS/34902,
References are available upon request.
Book published in Bengali
Ashafque Hossain, A Short History of the Emergence of Independent Bangladesh (In Bengali, Dhaka: New Age Publication, 2014)
Ashafque Hossain, Liberation War, Birth of Bangladesh and the United Nations, (In Bengali, Dhaka: Prothoma, 2012).
Ashafque Hossain, History of Europe (In Bengali, Co-Author, Bangladesh Open
Ashafque Hossain, An Outline History of Bangladesh: Down to 1971 (In Bengali, Dhaka: first edition JK Publication, 2004, Revised and Second edition, 2012)
Ashafque Hossain, Emergence of Bangladesh and the United Nations, (In Bengali, Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 2002)
Ashafque Hossain, History of Liberation War of Moulvibazar District, 1994, 1997 (In
Publications in International Journals
Period: A Critical Review’, published in the Journal of the Management Studies, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka, 2004.
Century’, published in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Humanities, vol.
50, December, 2003.
the National Encyclopaedia of Bangladesh (English & Bengali, Dhaka: Asiatic Society of
Bangladesh, March 2003).
Encyclopaedia of Bangladesh (English & Bengali, Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, March 2003).
Encyclopaedia of Bangladesh (English & Bengali, Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, March 2003).
Review Article (English): ‘James Jeremiah Novak, Bangladesh Reflections on the Water’,
Bangladesh Historical Studies, Vols. XV-XVI, 1991-95.
1. Ashfaque Hossain and Surma Zakaria Choudhury, Bangladesher Muktijuddhe Kaderia Bahini (Kaderia Bahini in the Liberation War of Bangladesh) in Ajay Roy (ed.) Bangla o Bangaleer Itihas (History of Bengali and Bengalis), Bangla Academy, June 2013
2. Ashfaque Hossain, Agortola Mamla o Itihasher Punormullayon (Agortola Case and the Reprisal of History) in Ajay Roy (ed.) Bangla o Bangaleer Itihas (History of Bengali and Bengalis), Bangla Academy, December 2013
3. __________, Chhechollisher Noubidroho (Neval Revolution of Forty Six), in Anisuzzaman (ed.) Muktir Shongram (Struggle for Freedom), Dhaka, 2012
4. __________, Antorjatik Dalilpotra Bangladesher Muktijuddho: Oitihashik Porjalochona (The Liberation War of Bangladesh in the International Documents: a Historical Apprisal), Itihas Samiti Patrika (Bengali Journal of Bangladesh Historical Association), Issue 33-34, 2010-12
5. ___________, Bangladesher Muktijuddho o Indira Gandhi (Indira Gandhi and the Liberation War of Bangladesh), Bangladeh Asiatic Society Patrika (Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh), 2011
6. ____________, Ouponibeshik Juge Cha Bagane Shishusrom o Nari Nirjatoner Kichhu Chitro (Glimpses of Child Labour and Assault to Women in Colonial Era), Notundiganta, 2010
Links of some articles published in the Journals