David Deterding

Wan Zawawi Ibrahim

Associate Professors

Ampuan Hj Brahim bin Ampuan Hj Tengah

Hj Asbol bin Hj Mail

Gary Jones

Khondker Iftekhar Iqbal

Noor Azam OKMB Haji-Othman

Ahsan Ullah

Senior Assistant Professors

Aini binti Hj Karim

Debbie Ho

Johannes L. Kurz

James McLellan

Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff

Yabit Alas

Assistant Professors

Hjh Asiyah Az-Zahra bte Hj Ahmad Kumpoh

Kathrina bte DP Haji Mohd Daud

Lalit Dagar

Magne Knudsen

Paul Deyuan He

Rommel Curaming

Rui Oliveira Lopes

Md Shafi Noor Islam

Yong Liu

Senior Lecturers

Hj Ramlee bin Hj Tinkong

Hjh Dyg Fatimah binti Hj Awang Chuchu

Salbrina Hj Sharbawi


Ak Hj Ashrol Rahimy bin Pg Hj Damit

Asmali Hj Sulaiman

Chester Keasberry

Daniel Wee

Dk Noor Hasharina bte Pg Haji Hassan

Ena Herni binti Wasli

Gabriel Yong

Hannah Ho Ming Yit

Hjh Aznah binti Hj Suhaimi

Izni Azrein bin Noor Azalie

Khairunnisa Haji Ibrahim

Mardina binti Hj Mahadi

Maslin bin Haji Jukin/Jukim

Mohd. Zefri Ariff bin Mohd. Zain Ariff

Nani Suryani binti Hj Abu Bakar

Norzurianie Hj Kamarulzaman

Pg Hj Mohamed Pg Damit

Rinni Marliyana binti Hj Amran

Shirley Chin

Siti Mazidah binti Hj Mohamad

Assistant Lecturers

Mayyer Ling


Exzayrani binti Awang Sulaiman

Pg Mohd Rahiman Pg Aliudin

Siti Badriyah Hj Mohd Yusof

Siti Ifwah Fauzani binti Hj Chuchu

Research Assistants

Diotima Chattoraj

Administrative Staff

FASS Administrative Staff

Research Students

FASS PhD Students


Khondker Iftekhar Iqbal

Room(s) 2.49
Phone Ext 1471/1466
Website Google Scholar

Academic Qualifications

PhD University of Cambridge
MPhil University of Cambridge
MA University of Dhaka
BA (Honours) University of Dhaka

Current Teaching

Current Research Interests

Research and Publications


The Bengal Delta. Ecology, State and Social Change, 1840-1943 (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; Indian reprint published in August 2011). pp. xx+264. ISBN 978-0-23183-2.


Reviews of The Bengal Delta:

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Iqbal, Iftekhar, Neilesh Bose and Kris Manjapra. Under review. Voicing Futures Past: Bengali Intellectuals in the Era of Decolonization, 1930-1980.

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2015. The Space between Nation and Empire: Making and Unmaking of Eastern Bengal and Assam Province 1905-1911. The Journal of Asian Studies, 74 (1).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2014. State of Bangladesh Studies: An Exploration in Historical Literature. South Asia Chronicle. Vol. 4.

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2014. Reclaiming the Crossroads between India and China: A View from the River, Economic and Political Weekly, XIIX (2051) (December 20).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2013. Colonial Governance and Aspects of Eco-subjectivity in the Bengal Delta, in RCC Perspectives (Munich: Rachel Carson Centre)

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2013. First Master Plan for Dhaka City: An Environmental Exploration, South Asia Chronicle. Vol. 3. 42-61.

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2011. The Boat Denial Policy and the Great Bengal Famine, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, 56 (1-2) (Diamond Jubilee Volume), 271-282.

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2011. The Sundarbans Forest Systems: Patterns of Colonial Control and Social Response to Capitalist Enterprises, 1830-1905, East West Journal of Humanities, 1 (1).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2009. Return of the Bhadralok: Ecology and Agrarian Relations in Eastern Bengal, c. 1905-1947. Modern Asian Studies, 43 (6).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2009. Fighting with a Weed: Water Hyacinth and the State in Colonial Bengal, c.1910-1947. Environment and History, 15 (1), 35-59. [Reprinted in Sarah Johnson ed., Bio-invaders (Isles of Harris: White Horse Press, 2010)]

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2007. The Railways and the Water Regime of the Eastern Bengal Delta c.1845-1943. Internationales Asienforum: International Quarterly for Asian Studies, 38 (3-4).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2007. Modernity and its Discontents: Studying Environmental History in Colonial and Post-Colonial Bangladesh. East West Journal, 1 (1).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2005. Towards an Environmental History of Colonial East Bengal: Paradigms and Praxis. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, golden jubilee 50 (1-2).

Book Chapters

Iqbal, Iftekhar. Forthcoming. The Bengali Muslim: Language and Space-making at the Ocean’s Margins. In: Sugata Bose, Ayesha Jalal and Kris Manjapra (eds.) Islam on the Indian Ocean Rim.

Iqbal, Iftekhar. Forthcoming. Social Autonomy and Governance in Bangladesh: Changes and Challenges. In: Ipshita Basu et al (eds.) Title to be confirmed.

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2016 (forthcoming). Ecological and Climatic Histories of Eastern South Asia: Towards a Transregional Trajectory. In Mili Ghose (ed.) History of Global Climate Change (New Delhi: Primas).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2015 (forthcoming). A History of the Future of Dhaka University. In Imtiaz Ahmed and Iftekhar Iqbal (eds.) University of Dhaka: Past, Present and Futures (Dhaka: University Press Limited).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2014. Colonial Contribution to Human Rights: Progressive or Regressive? In: Imtiaz Ahmed & Amena Mohsin (ed.) Human Rights in Bangladesh. Past, Present & Futures (Dhaka: University Press Limited).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2012. Bangladesh: société civile numériquement forte, mais inefficace. In Aurelie Leroy (ed.) ETAT DES RÉSISTANCES DANS LE SUD – ASIE (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: Tricontinental Centre).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2011. An Environmental History of Dhaka. In: Roxana Hafiz and AKM Golam Rabbani (eds.) Urbanization and Urban Developments (vol. 3, 400 years of Capital Dhaka and beyond series, Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2007. State and the Environment [Ancient period to the present]”. In: Ahamed, Emajuddin and Harun-or-Rashid (eds.) Cultural Survey of Bangladesh (Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2007. Environment and Culture [From prehistoric time to the present]. In: Mohsin, K.M. and Ahmed, Sharif uddin (eds.) Cultural Survey of Bangladesh (Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh), 44-72.

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2006. The Railway in Colonial India: Between Ideas and Impacts. In Roopa Srinivasan et el. (eds.) Our Indian Railway. Themes in India’s Railway History (New Delhi: Foundation Books).

Published Conference Papers

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2002. Studying the Nineteenth-century Bengal Delta: an Ecological Perspective, in the Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the International Association of the Historians of Asia, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. December.

Book Reviews

2015. Smritikumar Sarkar, Technology and Rural Change in Eastern India 1830-1980. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014. In Economic and Political Weekly, L(33), 15 August.

2014. Srinath Raghavan, 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013. In The American Historical Review, 119 (5).

2010. Ahmed Kamal, State against the Nation. The Decline of the Muslim League in Pre-Independence Bangladesh (Dhaka: University Press Limited, 2009). In Economic and Political Weekly, 45 (25).

2010. Willem van Schendel, A History of Bangladesh (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). In Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 44, no.34. Translated into Bengali in Protichinta, 1 (2) (Oct-Dec 2011).

2009. Pamela Kyle Crossley, What is Global History (Cambridge: Polity, 2008). In Reviews in History, no. 749). On-line Version.

2008. Michael Williams, Deforesting the Earth. An Abridgement. (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2006), (H-Net, H-Environment, On-line Version).

2008. Neena Ambre Rao, Forest Ecology in India. Colonial Maharashtra 1850-1950. (New Delhi: Foundation Books, 2008). In Conservation and Society (Bangalore), 6 (4).

Commissioned Research Reports

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2014. Protection of Jamdani as a Geographical Indications in Bangladesh (Dhaka: Centre for Policy Dialogue and National Crafts Council of Bangladesh).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2009. Indigenous Associations with Development Potentials in Bangladesh (Unpublished. Complete report submitted to the Aga Khan Development Network in Geneva).

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2007. ‘Moderate’ Islam in Bangladesh: Trends and Trajectories (Washington D.C.: National Bureau of Asian Research).

Miscellaneous Non-refereed Publications

Iqbal, Iftekhar. Forthcoming. Situating the Sonar Bangla: Ecology, economy and wellness in the long nineteenth century. In Mahmudul Huque ed., Bangladesh: History, Politics, Economics, Society and Culture (Felicitation volume in honour of Professor Alamgir Muhammad Serajuddin). (Dhaka: University Press Limited).

Iqbal, Iftekhar and Jon Wilson. 2009. Introduction. The Indian papers of the 1st Earl of Minto, 1806-1814: at the National Library of Scotland, including supplementary materials selected from his earlier papers and contemporary non-official correspondence (East Ardsley, Wakefield : Microform Academic Publishers, 2009).

Iqbal, Iftekhar and Hasina Ahmed. 2007. Atharosho Shatanya Shaler Vidroh: Ekti Grontho Ponji [The Rebellion of 1857: A bibliography], in Muntasir Mamun ed. Bangladesh Charcha (vol. 4, Dhaka: UPL, 2007).

Encyclopedia Articles

Iqbal, Iftekhar. 2016 (forthcoming). “Bangladesh”, The Encyclopaedia of Islam and the Muslim World (2nd edition). Macmillan Reference USA/Gale.


Imtiaz Ahmed and Iftekhar Iqbal (Eds.) 2016. University of Dhaka: Making Unmaking Remaking. Dhaka: Prothoma.

Iqbal, Iftekhar and Sadia Bajwa. 2014. Guest Editor. Fokus: South Asia Chronicle. Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

Translations into Bengali


Alia Ali Izetbegovic, Islam between East and West [Prachya, Prachyatyo O Islam]. Dhaka: Aman Publishers, 2006. Two editions published so far.


Joseph Conrad, Condition of Art [Silper Shorto], in Mati (January 1993).

William von O’Connor, r of Sensibility [Bodhbijukti] Sangband Literary Supplement (date?).

T.S. Eliot, Religion and Literature [Dhormo O Shahitya], Ittefaq Literary Supplement (date?).


William Carlos Williams [William Carlos Williams er Kobita], A few poems, in Sangbad Literary Supplement, 4 November 1993.

Ted Hughes, ‘May Day’ [Ted Hughes er Kobita: May Day], in Ittefaq Literary Supplement, 7 October 1993.

Publications in Bengali


‘1857’. In: Anisuzzaman ed., Liberation War (Dhaka: Chandraboti Academy, 2012).

‘Phire Dekha’, a research article published on the centenary of the Partition of Bengal 1905, in Samoiki, literary supplement of the Daily Prothom Alo, 3 March, 2006.

Manobiki Onushonge Sangit [Music and humanistic pursuit], Ananda Bazar Patrika, 24 June 1993.

Jatiyo Bikash Bhabna O Boi [Books and thoughts on national progress], 27 January 1994.

Uttor Adhunikotar Prokarbhed Proshonge [On the Classification of Postmodernity] Bangla Bazar Patrika (publication date not known. First read as key note paper in a seminar organized by the Uttar Adhunik Sahitya Andolon at the Dhaka Book Fair 1996).

Commemorative Lecture:

‘Samaj O Sushil Samaj’ [Society and Civil Society]; 8th Ahmed Sofa Commemorative Lecture), published in Ortho, vol. 2, no. 1 (2010), 9-24.

Book Reviews:

Nasreen Jahan, Urukku (Dhaka: Maola Brothers), in Boi: Book Review magazine of Jatiya Grantha Kendra, vol. 28, no. 9 (1994/Magh 1400 BS).

Abu Muhammad Delwar Hossain ed., Muktijuddher Ancholik Itihash, in Boi: Book Review magazine of Jatiya Grantha Kendra (1995?).


Editor, Suryabartya (Victory Day Commemorative Issue, December 1991), published in the capacity of the Literary Secretary of Uccharan Sahitya O Sanskritik Goshti of the Michael Madhusudan College, Jessore.


2014 Protection of Jamdani, The Daily Star, 13 July.

2011 The Range of Resistance, 29 September. On-line Version

2010 Reviving Professional History in Bangladesh, Forum, June.

2010 Reshaping Student Politics in Bangladesh, The Daily Star, 14 February.

2008 Politics will remain unsafe minus mutual trust, Weekly Holiday, 24 October.

2008 Bangladesh: The first victim of climate change crisis, Weekly Holiday, 19 September.

2008 Bangladesh history. Looking back and forth, Weekly Holiday, 25 April.

2007 Making sense of water, The Forum, Dhaka, 1 June.

2006 The case for Bangladesh Studies, The Daily Star, Dhaka, 16 November.

2006 How environment-friendly is the railway?, The Daily Star, Dhaka, 11 August.

2006 Radicalism in Bangladesh: an ecological perspective, The Daily Star, Dhaka, 23 June.

2000 On Classifying Postmodern, The Daily Star, Dhaka, 7 October.

1999 Disarmament: a Twentieth Century Myth?, The Daily Star, Dhaka, 23 July.

1999 Ecology and Politics, The Daily Star, Dhaka, 20 May.

1997 Man and Music, The New Nation, Dhaka, 12 December.

1995 Media as “knowledge” and Continuity of Domination, The New Nation, Dhaka, 23 November.

Fellowships and Grants

Postdoctoral and senior fellowships


Doctoral level grants and awards

Invited Lectures

Invited Conference Presentations

Conference and Workshop pParticipation

Organisation of Conferences/Panels


Occasional Referee (selected)

Research Projects(selected)


  1. Aga Khan Development Network, Geneva, Switzerland.
  2. BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  3. Cambridge International Examinations, Cambridge, UK.
  4. Centre for Policy Dialogue Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  5. International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  6. National Bureau of Asian Research, Washington D.C.