Academic Departments University of Calcutta


Year of Establishment : 1942

History of the department : The department was set up during the pre Independence era and historians like Professor ABM Habibullah and Professor Makhanlal Roy Chowdhury taught in this department. Professor Mohibul Hasan also had a brief span of teaching experience here. The department essentially caters to Medieval History along with the history of Islam and Muslim politics. Thus the scope of the department is much wide. In the recent past eminent historians like Professor Sushil Chaudhury and Prof Aniruddha Ray taught in the department. Emminent Art and Gender Historian Professor Ratnabali Chatterjee had long association with the department as teacher and mentor. Catering to students’ over 300 and with wide interest areas of the present faculty the department has much scope. Presently it runs a Medieval Reading Circle. Through Monthly Lecture Series eminent as well as young scholars are given the same platform to give lectures for the students, researchers and faculty members. International and National workshop and seminars are held regularly over various subjects


Faculty Members :
Name Designation Area of specialisation Email
Dr. Sutapa Sinha
  • Delhi Sultanate; b. Bengal Sultanate; c. Indo-Islamic architecture.
B. Research :
  • Medieval Archaeology with emphasis on surface survey and field study
  • Study of Coin Hoards of the Bengal Sultans with emphasis on Islamic coins of Bengal and other provincial sultans including Delhi
  • Architecture of Sultanate Bengal and comparative study with contemporary Indo-Islamic architecture in India.
Dr. Kazi Sufior Rahaman
Professor & Head Modern History
Dr. Swati Biswas
Assistant Professor & Former Head Medieval Art History
History of Mughal Miniature 
Medieval Gender History
Mr Pranay Rajak
Assistant Professor Medieval Indian History

Courses :

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
PG CBCS Semester Post Graduation Degree BA (Honours) 160
Ph.D. Doctoral 55%  in M.A. in IHC or in allied subject and RET qualified or NET/SET qualified 10


Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department/centre :

  • History of Islam
  • Medieval History

Teaching support : Regular workshop and popular lecture series


Campus : Alipore (Shahid Kshudiram Siksha Prangan)

Address for communication : Department of Islamic History and Culture, 2nd Floor, 1 Reformatory Street, Alipur, Kolkata 700027