• 1, Reformatory Street, Kolkata – 700 027

Department of Islamic History and Culture


Year of Establishment : 1944

History of the department : The department was set up during the pre Independence era and historians like Prof ABM Habibullah and Prof Makhanlal Roy Chowdhury taught in this department. Prof 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 Prof Sushil Chaudhury and Prof Aniruddha Ray taught in the department. Emminent Art andGender Historian Prof Ratnabali Chatterjee had long association with the department as teacher and mentor. Catering to students’ ovcr 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. Swati Biswas
Head and Assistant Professor Medieval Art History
History of Mughal Miniature
Medieval Gender History
Dr. Kazi Sufior Rahaman
Professor Modern History kazisufiorrahaman@gmail.com
Dr. Sutapa Sinha
  • Delhi Sultanate; b. Bengal Sultanate; c. Sufism in India; d. 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 of contemporary Indo-Islamic architecture in India.


Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
MA Part I Post Graduation Degree BA (Hons) 160
MA Part II Post Graduation Degree Do 160


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 Campus (Sahid Kshudiram Siksha Prangan)

Address for communication :
Department of Islamic History and Culture
University of Calcutta
Sahid Kshudiram Siksha Prangan, Alipore Campus
1, Reformatory Street Kolkata 700027