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Department of History

 

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Prof. H.L.O. Garrett Former Principal & Head of the History Department Govt. College LahoreOne of the leading places for historical research and teaching in Pakistan, Department of History GCU can justifiably boast of its golden past and the present holding forth promise for the bright future. A blend of experience and youth in the faculty is working hard in dissemination as well as production of knowledge. We train our students to achieve the requisite competence required of scholars and teachers of history today. H.L.O Garrett, Dr Abdul Hameed and Prof. Razi Wasti represented academic excellence in the past; the legacy is being passionately sustained by the succeeding generation of academics in the discipline of History.

 

Prof. Guru Datt Sondhi The 1st Indian Principal of  Govt.College Lahore 1939-45Established in 1864, the Department of History has always made an impact by inculcating intellectual panache and the quest for learning among the students. Now it is bracing itself up for new challenges in the realm of academia posed by the changed scenario in the epistemic contours of the discipline. In view thereof, the courses offered at GCU have been radically re-worked in accordance with current trends, incorporating postcolonial debates crosscutting disciplinary boundaries of Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy and Cultural-Studies, etc. That multi-disciplinary approach of expanding intellectual range and specialized competence is being employed not only at the MPhil/PhD studies but also at the undergraduate level.

 

We have very vibrant and enthusiastic teaching staff and we intend to enhance their capabilities by equipping them with the necessary tools of cognitive excellence and pedagogic expertise. Our major and allied subjects share the common intellectual value.

 

The following renowned historians and scholars served the Department as Heads at various times since the inception of Pakistan.

 

Prof Mian Namdar Khan

(1947-54)

Prof Dr Abdul Hameed

(1954-65)

Prof M. Amjad Butt

(1965-67, 1982-88, 1989-90)

Dr S. Razi Wasti

(1967-82, 1988-89)

Dr Farhat Mahmud

(1990-96)

Prof Syed Masood Raza Rizvi

(1996-99)

Prof lftikhar Ahmad Ch.

(1999)

Prof Javaid Ahmed Shiekh

(1999-2003)

Dr. Tahir Kamran

2003–2010

Dr Farhat Mahmud

2010-2011

Mohammad Ibrahim

2011-2015

Dr. Tahir Kamran

2015–todate

 

Facilities

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Research

 

For the past several years, the faculty at the Department of History has been engaged in a number of research projects like the Sufism and its impact on the Cultural History of the Punjab, Regional Studies such as the History of districts, Historiography in Pakistan: Trends and critique, Role of Bradari System in Power Politics of Lahore, Ranjit Singh: A Discourse analysis of th orientalist in the 19 Century Punjab, Religion and Politics in Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Colonial Education in Punjab: A case study of History of FC College Lahore etc.

 

Research Journal

 

Apart from other publications, “The Historian” is the main research journal of the Department and has become a regular feature providing material for debate and discussion here at GCU. The journal has encouraged young teachers to conduct research in different areas. The Historian is a Bi-Annual HEC recognized journal.

 

Seminars, Lectures, Workshops

 

Distinguished historians, political activists and scholars from various disciplines are invited at seminars, extension lectures and workshops. Recently, the Department organised a Lecture of Prof Francis Robinson on South Asia and West Asia from the Delhi Sultanate to the Present: security, resources and influence. Garrett History Society invited Raja Anwar , Advisor to the Chaief Minister of the Punjab, to deliver a lecture on Turmoil in Afghanistan. Dr Mohammad Waseem delivered a lecture on Impediments to the functioning of Democracy in Pakistan. Dr Uzma Rehman, Foreign Faculty Professor, delivered a lecture on Sufi Shrines and the Identity Crisis in Pakistan. Besides, the Department also organised a Two-Day International Conference, “Punjab and the Raj”, at which reputed scholars from Europe, East and South Asia presented their papers. The Department also organised a one-day “National Conference on the State of Social Sciences in Pakistan” in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan.

 

Future Prospects

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History has in its fold many specialized branches. It has a lot to offer to youngsters in the realms of education, Journalism, Museology, Historical Research and Professional Writing etc. Furthermore, history still has its relevance along with Anthropology and Economics in non-governmental sectors.

 

Academic Programmes

 

The Department of History offers following Degree Programmes:

  • BA (Hons.)

  • MA (Evening Programme)

  • MPhil

  • PhD

Objective

 

The vision of the Department of History is to establish itself as the premier social sciences program at the M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D., levels in Pakistan, at least in the public sector.  In a social sciences program, the principal determinants of research output are the strength of the faculty, both in qualitative and quantitative aspects, and the level of enthusiasm and competence of the students enrolled. That is why the students from several parts of Pakistan flock to the department. Our mission is to produce a class of conscious educated people, who are also mindful of the pitfalls of history. We shall cater our students, who have passed their Bachelor of Arts (2 year programme). A blend of experience and youth in the faculty is working hard in dissemination as well as production of knowledge. A graduate of the Department should be capable of recognizing how study of the past may be used for the betterment of the future. They should be able to demonstrate sufficient capability to be objective, analytical and methodic individuals.

 

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Courses

BA / BSc – Four Years (Hons) Program

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Year – I

Semester – I

(The students will study One Course)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS-1101

Ancient India

3

HIS-1102

British India (1707 – 1857)

3

HIS-1103

A Global History

3

HIS-1104

History of the Americas

3

HIS-1105

British History

3

HIS-1106

Muslims in Spain

3

Semester – II

(The students will study One Course)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS-1201

Ancient Europe

3

HIS-1202

Freedom Movement

3

HIS-1203

Modern Central Asia

3

HIS-1204

Modern China

3

Year – II

Semester – III

(The students will study One Course)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS-2101

State and Society in Medieval India

3

HIS-2102

European History-I (1789 – 1871)

3

HIS-2103

History of World Religions

3

HIS-2104

Umayyads and Abbasids

3

HIS-2105

Safavid Empire

3

HIS-2106

Ottoman Empire (13th to 20th Century)

3

HIS-2107

South Asia since 1947

3

HIS-2103

History of Australia

3

Semester – IV

(The students will study Two Courses)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS-2201

History of South Asian Art

3

HIS-2202

Medieval Europe

3

HIS-2203

Social and Intellectual History of Modern Europe

3

HIS-2204

European History-II (1871 – 1945)

3

HIS-2205

Modern South-East Asian History

3

HIS-2206

Themes in African History

3

HIS-2207

History of Russia

3

HIS-2208

History of Middle East

3

HIS-2209

History Writing Skills

3

Year – III

Semester – V

(The students will study Five Courses)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS-3101

Key Concepts in Social Sciences

3

HIS-3102

Research Method

3

HIS-3103

Medieval India – I

3

HIS-3104

Introduction to US History

3

HIS-3105

Political Economy of Pakistan

3

HIS-3106

Challenges to Islam in Modern World

3

HIS-3107

Historical Sources in Arabic Language

3

HIS-3108

Themes in Art & Architectural History

3

Semester – VI

(The students will study Five Courses)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS-3201

Introduction to Philosophy of History

3

HIS-3202

Medieval India – II

3

HIS-3203

Modern History of Afghanistan

3

HIS-3204

Islamic History

3

HIS-3205

Modern Asia

3

HIS-3206

Sufi Shrines and Identity Construction in South Asia

3

HIS-3207

Sufis and Colonial States

3

HIS-3208

Ancient Civilizations

3

Year – IV

Semester – VII

(The students will study Five Courses)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS-4101

History of Colonial Punjab

3

HIS-4102

Discourses of History in the 19th and 20th Centuries

3

HIS-4103

Social and Cultural History of Medieval India

3

HIS-4104

International Relations

3

HIS-4105

Social Sciences; Key Concepts

3

HIS-4106

Historical Sources in Persian Language

3

HIS-4107

Cultural Institutions in Colonial India

3

HIS-4299

Research Project / Internship

3

Semester – VIII

(The students will study Five Courses)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS-4201

New Trends in History

3

HIS-4202

Emergence of USA as Global Power

3

HIS-4203

Pakistan and the Contemporary World

3

HIS-4204

Early Indian History

3

HIS-4205

Social and Intellectual History of India

3

HIS-4206

Nationalism in Europe

3

HIS-4207

Historical Sources in Pakistani Languages

3

HIS-4299

Research Project / Internship

3

 

 

History as Allied Subject

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Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS – 1102

British India 1707-1857

3

Semester – II

HIS – 1202

Freedom Movement

3

 

Semester – III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS – 2102

European History-I 1789-1871

3

Semester – IV

HIS – 2204

European History II 1871-1945

3

 

MA History

 

Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

      5101

Islamic History

              3

      5102

Freedom Movement

              3

      5103

Ancient India

              3

      5104

Introduction to Historiography

              3

      5105

History of Pakistan

              3

Semester – II

     5201

Islam and the West

             3

     5202

History of Dehli sultanate

             3

     5203

History of Colonial Punjab

             3

     5204

Foreign Policy of Pakistan

             3

     5205

Political History of Modern Europe (1789-1871)

             3

Semester – III

     6101

New Trends in History

            3

     6102

Political History of Modern Europe (1871-1945)

            3

     6103

Mughal History

            3

     6104

American History

            3

     6105

Decline of Muslim Power in South Asia (1707 – 1857)

            3

Semester – IV

      6201        

International Relations

               3

      6202

Classical Sufism

               3

      6203

US Foreign Policy after 2nd World War

               3

      6204

Research Methodology

               3

      6205

State and Society in Medieval India

               3

      6206

Muslim in Spain and Africa

               3

      6207

Europe from Renaissance to Enlightenment

               3

      6208

Modern World (1914-1960)

               3

      6209

History of Afghanistan

               3

      6299

Research Theses/Project

               6

 

MPhil History

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Year – I

Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS – 7101

Philosophy of History

3

HIS – 7102

Research Methodology

3

HIS – 7103

Nineteenth Century India and Colonial Interception

3

HIS – 7104

Transformation of Europe from Medieval to Modern Age

3

Semester – II

(The students will study Four Courses)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS – 7201

International Political Economy with Specific Reference to Pakistan

3

HIS – 7202

Agrarian System under Mughal (1526 – 1707)

3

HIS – 7203

Government and Politics in America

3

HIS – 7204

Domestic and Foreign Policy of USA since Second World War

3

HIS – 7205

Specialized Study of World Civilizations

3

HIS – 7206

Movement in the Modern Historical Discourse

3

HIS – 7207

Foreign Policy of Pakistan in the Post Cold War Era

3

HIS – 7208

State and Society History of Muslims in India  1206 – 1707 A.D.

3

HIS – 7209

Cultural and Social History of Muslims in India 1206-1707 A.D.

 

HIS – 7210

International Relations

3

HIS – 7211

History of Feminism

 

HIS – 7212

Religious Pluralism

3

HIS – 7213

Economic History of India under British Colonial Rule

3

HIS – 7214

Colonial Punjab

3

HIS – 7215

History of Knowledge

3

HIS – 7216

Research Methodology

3

HIS-7217

Approaches to Cultural History

3

Year – II

Semester – III and IV

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS – 7499

Thesis

12


 

 

PhD History

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Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS – 8101

History As A Discourse

3

HIS – 8102

State and Society in Pakistan

3

HIS – 8103

Economic History of India Under British Colonial Rule

3

HIS – 8104

Sufi Shrines and Identity Construction in South Asia

3

HIS – 8105

Preliminary Persian Language

3

HIS – 8106

Islamic Science: A Critical Study of Sources

3

Semester – II

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS – 8201

History of Mystical Thought

3

HIS – 8202

History of Colonial Punjab

3

HIS – 8203

Pakistan Foreign Policy Imperatives

3

HIS – 8204

Tasawwuf: A Critical Study of Sources

3

 

 

Faculty

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Name

Designation

Area of Interest

Dr. Tahir Kamran,

PhD (PU)

Chairperson

Philosophy of History, Colonial Punjab, Sectarianism in Pakistan

Dr. Tahir Mahmood,

PhD (University of Coventry, UK)

Associate Professor

Research Methodology, International Politics, Social and Economic History of Colonial Punjab

Dr. Hussain Ahmad Khan

PhD (University of Singapore)

Associate Professor

Cultural History of South Asia, Sufi Islam, Cultural Politics, Colonial Art Institutions (Exhibitions, Museums)

Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim,

PhD (BZU)

Associate Professor

History of Modern South Asia, Biradari Politics in twentieth-century Punjab and in post-partition Lahore. 

Tahir Jamil,

Ph.D (Claremont Colleges, USA)

Assistant Professor

International Relations, American Politics, International Political Economy, Peace and Conflict Reolution

Dr. Irfan Waheed Usmani Ph.D (University of Singapor)

Assistant Professor

Colonialism in South Asia, Kashmir Issue, Politics of Left in Pakistan

Farzana Arshad,

MPhil (GCUL)

Assistant Professor

Medieval India, History of Civilizations, Colonial Travelogues, Pakistan Studies and Contemporary World Politics

Saeed Ahmed Butt,

Mphil (GCUL)

Assistant Professor

Islamic History, Political Economy of Pakistan, British History, History of Modern Europe, International Relation

Naila Pervaiz,

(on study leave)

M.Phil (GCUL)

Lecturer

Medieval India, Sufism in South Asia

Noor Rehman Mahsud,

(on study leave)

M.Phil (GCUL)

Lecturer

Research Methodology, History of Modern Asia with particular emphasis on Afghanistan and Central Asia

Huma Pervaiz

M.Phil (GCUL)

Lecturer

Ancient and Medieval History of India, History of Pakistan, History From Below

Ayyaz Gull

M.Phil (GCUL)

Lecturer

History of Emotions, Colonial Punjab, Economic History of Pakistan

Nayyar Abbas

M.Phil (GCUL)

Lecturer

Modern Europe, Colonial Punjab, The Partition of India (1947) and Refugees Rehabilitation

Visiting/Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Farhat Mahmood,

PhD, (University of Laval, Canada)

Senior Visiting Professor

American Foreign Policy, Pak-US Relation, Pak-China Relation

 

 

Journals & Publications

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For the last several years faculty of the History Department is engaged in research projects of variegated nature like Kashmir issue and its multifarious impact on the subcontinent, colonial identity formation and its political and social implications, Political Theory and the Punjab Studies. The Historian the research journal of History has become a regular feature that has positively contributed in encouraging the young teachers to write and publish.

Khaldunia is a bi-annual research magazine compiled and edited by the under-graduate students of History Department, GC University Lahore.

Courtesy: GCU Photographic Club

Please click on the cover image to view the "Table of Contents" of Khaldunia Vol.1, No.1, January-June, 2008.

Apart from research activities, distinguished historians, political activists, scholars from various disciplines are invited in seminars, extension lectures and workshops. This year the Department of History organized several lectures on various topics. Dr Fransis Robinson from Royal Holloway College, University of London delivered a lecture on “South Asia & West Asia from the Delhi; Sultanate to the present Security, Resources and Influences”. Mr Raja Anwar delivered two lectures on “Turmoil in Afghanistan” and Durand Line”. Dr Uzma Rehman delivered a lecture on “Sufism in Punjab”

 

 

Contact Us

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Prof. Dr. Tahir Kamran
Chairperson
Department of History
GC University, Lahore
UAN:
+92 (42) 111-000-010 Ext: 285
Email:
chairperson.history@gcu.edu.pk

 

 

 

 


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