History

INTRODUCTION

One 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.

Established 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 2015–2019
Dr. Tahir Mahmood 2019-todate

FACILITIES

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 Work

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 Programs

The Department of History offers following Degree Programs:

  • 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.

CURRICULA

Year – I

Semester – I

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

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

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-2108

History of Australia

3

Semester – IV

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

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

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

HIS-3209

History and Literature

3

Year – IV

Semester – VII

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

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

TOP

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

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 & IV

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIS – 7499

Thesis

12

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

dr hussain

Dr. Hussain Ahmad Khan
PhD (University of Singapore)

Designation:
Chairperson

dr zara

Dr. Zahra
PhD (Oxford, UK)

Designation:
Assistant Professor

dr ibrahim

Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim
PhD (BZU Multan)

Designation:
Associate Professor

dr nayyar

Dr. Nayyar Abbas
PhD (GCUL)

Designation:
Assistant Professor

The Official website of Department Of History can be access by Following link:

http://history.gcufass.com/