Details of Dr. Aksadul Alam


 

 

 

AKSADUL ALAM, PhD

Professor

Department of History

University of Dhaka

   Residential Address

63/F, Shaheed Giasuddin Residential Area

University of Dhaka

Dhaka-1000

   Contacts

Email: aksad13@gmail.com; aksad13@hotmail.com

Mobile No: +88-01715022798; +88-01717755299

   Date of Birth

December 16, 1974

Academic Qualifications

PhD in History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 2011

MA in History, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1st Class 1st (67%), 1995

BA (Honours) in History, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2nd Class 1st (59.44%), 1994

HSC (Arts) Jessore BAF Shaheen College, 1st Division (69.7%), 1991

SSC (Arts) Jessore Zila School, 1st Division (66.1%), 1989

 

PhD Thesis

•    Thesis Title: “Geographical Basis of Cultural and Economic Aspects of Early Bengal from the 5th to the 13th Centuries AD”, New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2011.

•    Supervisors: Professor Ranabir Chakravarti, Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and Professor Kunal Chakrabarty, Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

     Current Teaching

•   History of Ancient Bengal (Earliest to 1204 CE)

•   Historical Geography (Emphasis on Indian Subcontinent and Bengal)

•   Reconstructing Early Bengal: Sources and Prominent Historians

•   Reconstructing Medieval Bengal: Sources and Prominent Historians

•   Geographical Factors in the Making of the ‘Personality’ of Bengal

•   Religious Process in Medieval Bengal: Theories and Realities

•   Bangladesh Studies

 

Current Research Interests

•   ‘Personality’ of Bengal: Assimilative Process and Syncretistic Tradition

•   Historical Geography of Indian Subcontinent and Bengal: An Overview

•   Geographical Factors in History (Ancient and Medieval Bengal)

•   Bengal/Bangladesh Studies

•   Contacts and Communications between Bengal and Lands Beyond (Early Phase)

•   Trade   and   Cultural   Contacts   between   South   Asia   and   Mainland-Maritime

Southeast Asia (Early Phase)

•   Islamisation in Bengal: Theories and Realities

•   Socio-economic and Cultural History of Bengal/ Bangladesh

•   History of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bengal/ Bangladesh

Research and Publications

BOOKS

•    Aksadul  Alam,  MCCI:  A  Journey  (1904-2014),  Consulting  Editor:  Fakrul  Alam, Dhaka: Metopolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), October 2014. ISBN: 978-984-33-8235-1.

•    Aksadul Alam, Abdul Momin Chowdhury  et all, History of the Subcontinent  and Bengal (from Aryan Civilization to 1526 AD), in Bangla, Dhaka: Bangladesh Open University, 2001. ISBN 984-34-1010-6.

•   Aksadul  Alam (Assistant  Editor),  Sylhet:  History  and Heritage,  edited by Sharif Uddin Ahmed, Dhaka: Bangladesh History Association, 1999. ISBN 984-31-0478-1.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

•    Aksadul  Alam,  ‘Geographical  Location  and  Its  Influence’,  Cultural  History (Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-4), Chapter 1, edited by KM Mohsin and Sharif Uddin Ahmed, Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, 2007, PP. 1-43.

•    Aksadul   Alam,  ‘Bangladesher   Sanskritik   Vit:  Bhaugolik   Abosthan   O  Tar Probhav’, Sanskritik Itihas (Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Series-4), Chapter 1, in  Bangla,  edited  by  KM  Mohsin  and  Sharif  Uddin  Ahmed,  Dhaka:  Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, 2007, PP. 1-36.

•   Abdul Momin Chowdhury  and Aksadul Alam, ‘Geographical  Introduction  to Bengal:  Historical-Geographical   Units’,  History  of  Bangladesh:   Pre-Muslim Period  (Up  to  13th   Century  CE),  Edited  by  Abdul  Momin  Chowdhury  and

Ranabir Chakravarti, Dhaka: Bangladesh Asiatic Society, 2016 (Forthcoming).

 

•    Aksadul Alam, ‘Influence of Geography on Cultural and Economic Aspects of Bengal (up to 13th Century CE)’, History of Bangladesh: Pre-Muslim Period (Up to 13tCentury CE), Edited by Abdul Momin Chowdhury and Ranabir Chakravarti, Dhaka: Bangladesh Asiatic Society, 2016 (Work in Progress).

 

•    Abdul  Momin  Chowdhury  and  Aksadul  Alam,  ‘Bengal  and  Southeast  Asia: Linkages, Trade and Culture’, History of Bangladesh: Pre-Muslim Period (Up to

13th     Century   CE),   Edited   by   Abdul   Momin   Chowdhury    and   Ranabir Chakravarti, Dhaka: Bangladesh Asiatic Society, 2016 (Work in Progress).

•    Aksadul  Alam, ‘Bhaugolik  Porichoy  ebong  Prachin  Banglar  Itihase  Provab’, Bangla O Bangalir Itihas: Prachin Jug, in Bangla, edited by Abdul Momin Chowdhury, Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 2016 (Work in Progress).

•    Aksadul  Alam,  ‘Prachin  Banglar  Janapadsamuha’,  Bangla  O Bangalir  Itihas: Prachin  Jug, in Bangla,  edited by Abdul  Momin Chowdhury,  Dhaka:  Bangla Academy, 2016 (Work in Progress).

•    Aksadul Alam, ‘Prachin Banglar Banijyo Kendro O Bandorsamuha’,  Bangla O Bangalir Itihas: Prachin Jug, in Bangla, edited by Abdul Momin Chowdhury, Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 2016 (Work in Progress).

•    Aksadul   Alam,   ‘Banglar   Ancholik   Byaktitto:   Swakiyo   Sottar   Prokash   O Bikash’,   Bangla   O   Bangalir   Itihas:   Prachin   Jug,   in   Bangla,   edited   by Anisuzzaman  and Abdul Momin Chowdhury,  Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 2016 (Work in Progress).

ARTICLES IN ENGLISH

•    Aksadul Alam, ‘Geographical Factors in Cultural Aspects of Early Bengal (5th to 13th  Centuries CE)’, Journal of Bengal Art, Dhaka: The International Centre for Study of Bengal Art, Vol-20, 2015, PP. 309-322.

•   Aksadul Alam, ‘Contacts and Communications  within Bengal and Beyond as Reflected in the Xiyu Ji’, Bangladesh Historical Studies, Vol.     xxiii, 2012-14, PP.15-28.

•    Aksadul   Alam,   ‘Bengal:   the   Gateway   of   Contacts   and   Communications between  India  and  Southeast  Asia  –  Early  Phase’,  The  Dhaka  University Studies, Vol. 67, No. 1, June 2010, PP. 89-104.

•   Aksadul  Alam,  ‘Historical  Geography  of  Early  Bengal:  Literature  Survey’, Bangladesh Historical Studies, Vol. xxii, 2010-12, PP. 11-18.

•    Aksadul Alam, ‘Theoretical Basis of Islamisation in Bengal: A Review’, South and Southeast  Asia: Culture  and Religion  – The SSEASR  Journal,  New Delhi: South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion, Vol. 1, 2007, PP. 125-139.

•    Aksadul Alam, ‘Some Aspects of Econo-Commercial  Life and Land System of Medieval Sylhet’, Sylhet: History and Heritage, edited by Sharif Uddin Ahmed, Dhaka: Bangladesh History Association, 1999, PP. 396-418.

•    Aksadul Alam, ‘Change through Continuity: Notes toward an Understanding of the Assimilative  Process  in Early Bengal’,  Special  Volume  on Celebrating

100  Years  of  Bangladesh   National  Museum,  Dhaka:  Bangladesh   National

Museum, 2016 (Accepted for Publication, in Press).

•   Aksadul  Alam,  ‘Geographical  Factors  in the  Syncretistic  Tradition  of  Early

Bengal’,  Special  Edition  of the  International  Journal  of Bengal  Studies,  ISSN

2277-7717,   Tokyo:   Tokyo   University   of   Foreign   Studies,   Japan,   2016. (Accepted for Publication).

•      Aksadul  Alam,  ‘Geographical  Factors  in  the  Making  of  the  ‘Personality’  of Bengal  (Early Phase)’,  Professor  Shafiqur  Rahman  Memorial  Lecture  2015, Memorial Lectures, Dhaka: Bangladesh Asiatic Society, 2015 (Accepted for Publication).

•      Aksadul  Alam,  ‘Geographical  Factors  in the  Making  of  the  Individuality  of Bengal  Art (Early Phase)’,  Bangladesh  Historical  Studies,  Vol. xxiv, 2015-17 (Accepted for Publication, in Press).

•      Aksadul   Alam,   ‘Revisiting   Vanga   and   Vangala   of   Bengal’,   Journal   of Bangladesh  National  Museum,  Vol. 6, 2014-15  (Accepted  for Publication,  in Press).

 

ARTICLES IN BANGLA

•    Aksadul  Alam,  ‘Swadeshi  Andolon,  1903-1908’,  Muktir  Sangram,  edited  by Anisuzzaman, Abdul Momin Chowdhury and Selina Hossain, Dhaka: Chandrabati Academy, 2012, PP. 83-88.

•      Aksadul  Alam and Sharif Uddin Ahmed,  ‘Sanskritik  Binimoy:  Bangladesh  O Bohirbishwa  – Otit, Bortoman,  Bhovishyat’,  in Bangla, Itihas Samiti Potrika, Vol. 27-28, 2002-04, PP. 273-286.

•      Aksadul Alam, ‘Dokkhin-Purbo Banglar Pracheen Nagorkendro Deveparvata’, in Bangla, Itihas Samiti Potrika, Vol. 27-28, 2002-04, PP. 20-31.

•      Aksadul  Alam  and  Mamtajuddin  Patwari,  ‘Muktijuddher  Itihas  O  Amader Pathokrom: Madyomik Porjay’, in Bangla, Nibondhomala, Special Volume, Centre for Advanced Research in the Humanities, University of Dhaka, March

2001, PP. 59-76.

•    Aksadul   Alam,   ‘Banglay   Islam   Bistar:   Tattva   Parjalochona’,   in   Bangla, Bangladesh Asiatic Society Potrika, June, 2001, PP. 141-154.

•   Aksadul Alam, ‘Jessore’, Bhasha Andoloner Ancholik Itihas, edited by Dr Abu Md Delwar Hossain, Dhaka: Bangla Academy, June 2000, PP. 221-228.

•   Aksadul Alam, ‘Review Article on the Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier by RM Eaton’, Itihas Samiti Patrika, Vol. 23-24, 1999, PP. 308-314.

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES

•   Aksadul Alam, 2003, ‘Gupta Rule in Bengal’; ‘Nalanda Mahavihara’; ‘Gopachandra’;

‘Deopara    Prashasti’;    ‘Chandradvipa’;    ‘Gaganendranath    Tagore’;    ‘Abul   Khair’;

‘History:  Bangladesh  Period’,  Banglapedia  (National  Encyclopedia  of Bangladesh), edited by Sirajul Islam, Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.

 

COMMISSIONED RESEARCH REPORTS

           •   Aksadul  Alam,  2014,  ‘Origin  and  Development  of  the  Metropolitan  Chamber  of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI)’, Dhaka: MCCI.

•    Aksadul Alam, 2013, ‘Remembrance in Love and Respect’, Special Report on Three Veteran History Alumni and Cultural Personalities (Abdullah Al Mamun, Bulbul Ahmed and Tareque Masud), Dhaka: Dhaka University History Department Alumni Association.

 

      Invited Lectures/ Conference Presentations

•   2016.   ‘Personality’   of   Bengal:   Historical-Geographical    Perspectives.   SS   Jain Subodh PG College, Jaipur, 14 October.

•   2016. Role of Bengal in Connecting  India with Southeast  Asia: Indianisation  or Bengalisation?   Department   of   History,   University   of   Rajasthan,   Jaipur,   13 October.

•    2016. Revisiting Samatata and Harikela in Early Bengal: Issues in Geographical Factors and Connectivity,  4th  South Asian History Conference  on Exploring  the Evolution of State and Polity in South Asia: Continuities and Transformation, Department of History, Punjabi University, Patiala, 7-9 October.

•    2016. Constructing  ‘Personality’  of Bengal:  Aspects  of Socio-religious  Attitudes and Traditions  in the  Ancient  Period,  International  Conference  on Secularism, Democracy  and  Gender  Parity  in  South  Asia,  Dhaka:  Dhaka  University  and Research and Development  Collective (RDC), in Association  with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Asian Studies (Kolkata), 29 August.

•    2016. Geographical Factors in Connecting Bengal with South and Southeast Asia: Issues in Trade and Culture (up to CE 1300), Special Lecture, Delhi: Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi: Red Fort, 14 July.

•   2016.   Change   through   Continuity:   Socio-religious   Transformations   in  Early Bengal, 25th  Annual Conference, World History Association,      Ghent, Belgium, 2-5 July.

•    2016. Formation of ‘Personality’ of Bengal: Geographical-Cultural  Perspectives – Ancient and Medieval Periods, Special Lecture, Dhaka: Centre for Liberation War of Bangladesh, Dhaka University, 20 May.

•    2015. Geographical Factors in the Syncretistic Tradition in Early Bengal, The 4th International  Congress  of Bengal  Studies,  Tokyo:  Tokyo  University  of  Foreign Studies, Japan, 12 December.

•    2015. Geographical  Factors  in the Making  of the ‘Personality’  of Bengal  (Early Phase), Professor Shafiqur Rahman Memorial Lecture 2015, Bangladesh Asiatic Society, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 25 August.

•    2015.  Geographical  Factors  in  the  Making  of  the  Individuality  of  Bengal  Art (Early   Phase),   24th    Annual   Conference   of   the   World   History   Association, Savannah, Georgia, USA, 2 July.

•    2015. Geographical Factors in Connecting Early Bengal with India and Mainland- Maritime Southeast Asia, Special Lecture in an International Symposium on Bangladesh’s Engagement with India and Myanmar, The University of Dhaka and the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, Dhaka, 12 April.

•    2014. Contacts and Communications  within Bengal and Beyond as Reflected in the Xiyu Ji, Paper presented in an International Seminar held in Khulna organised by Bangladesh History Association.

•    2013.   Change   through   Continuity:   Notes   toward   an  Understanding   of   the Assimilative Process in Early Bengal, Special Lecture on Celebrating 100 Years of Bangladesh National Museum (1913-2013), Dhaka: Bangladesh National Museum, 8 July.

•   2013. Aspects of Cultural Assimilation and Syncretistic Tradition in Early Bengal, Special  Lecture  in an International  Seminar  on Maulana  Abul     Kalam  Azad and Secularism in South Asia, The University of Dhaka and the Maulana Abul KalamAzad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata,     Dhaka, 15 April.

 

•    2012. Bengal: The Gateway of Contacts and Communications  between India and Southeast Asia – Early Phase, Prantik Sanskriti Lecture, Prantik Sanskriti Centre, Lecture Theatre, University of Dhaka, 26 September.

•    2012.  7th  Century  Bengal:  Reflections  on the  Travel  Account  of Hsuan  Tsang’, Paper Presented in an International Seminar on Reflection of Indian Culture and Civilisation in Travelogues, Centre of Indian Languages, School of Language, Literature  and  Culture  Studies,  Jawaharlal  Nehru  University,  New  Delhi,  13 March.

•    2008. Aspects of Geographical and Socio-Cultural Background of Islamization in Bengal. Paper Presented in the Conference on Religion in Indian History: Ideas, Practice, and Change organized by DRS-SAP Programme, Department of History and Culture, Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, 29 February – 1 March.

•    2007. Contacts and Communications  in Early Bengal and Southeast Asia, Paper Presented in the 2nd  SSEASR Conference on ‘Syncretism in South and Southeast Asia: Adoption and Adaptation’,  South and Southeast  Asian Association  for the Study  of  Culture   and  Religion  (SSEASR)   and  Mahidol   University,   Thailand, Bangkok, 24-27 May.

•    2005. Islamisation in Bengal: Review of the Theories. Paper presented in the 1st SSEASR  Conference,  South  and  Southeast  Asian  Association  for  the  Study  of Culture and Religion (SSEASR), Delhi: India International Centre, India.

•   2003.  Was  Deveparvata   An  Urban  Centre?   Paper   Presented   in  a  National Conference of Bangladesh History Association, Comilla,   Bangladesh, 19 October.

Fellowships and Grants

•   2016: Conference  Grant for 4th  South Asian History Conference,  Department  of History, Punjabi University, Patiala.

•   2016:  Special  Grant  by  the  Archaeological   Survey  of  India  for  Special  Solo Lecture on Uttarapatha, Red Fort, Delhi

•    2016: Conference Grant for 25th Annual Conference of World History Association, Ghent, Belgium.

•   2015: Top Recipient of the ‘World Scholars Fund’ for 24th  History Conference in Georgia, USA, World History Association.

•    2015: ‘Award of South Asian Grant’, 4th International Congress of Bengal Studies, Tokyo: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan.

•    2012:  ‘Conference   Grant’,  Centre  of  Indian  Languages,   School  of  Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

•   2010: ‘ICHR Fellowship’ of the Indian Council for Historical Research, New Delhi.

•   2009: ‘UGC Fellowship’ of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India.

•   2007: ‘Research Grant’, Indian Council for Social Science Research. New Delhi.

•   2007:  ‘The  SSEASR  Travel  Grant’,  South  and  Southeast  Asian  Association  for Culture and Religion, Bangkok, Thailand.

•   2006-08: ‘Bangabondhu Fellowship’ of the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

•   2004:  ‘The  SSEASR  Travel  Grant’,  South  and  Southeast  Asian  Association  for Culture and   Religion, New Delhi, India.

Affiliations

•         Associate Editor, Bangladesh Historical Studies

•         Executive Member, Bangladesh History Association

•         Life Member, Bangladesh Asiatic Society

•         Member, World History Association

•         Member, SSEASR

•         Member, The International Centre for Study of Bengal Art