Department of History

About the Department

Dept. data last updated on :25/09/2021

The discipline of history is being taught at the Aligarh Muslim University since the time of the establishment of the Mohammadan Anglo Oriental College in 1875.  Saiyid Ahmad Khan, the founder of the institution, evinced a keen interest in history and archaeology as evidenced from his classical work Asar al-Sanadid (The Remains of the Past, 1846).
In 1968, it was under the visionary academic leadership of Prof. S. Nurul Hasan an Oxonian, the department was upgraded as a Centre under the Centres of Advanced Study Programme of the University Grant Commission. Under Professor S. Nurul Hasan, the Department developed a large Archaeology Section as well which focuses on the medieval archaeology, and a very well-equipped Cartography Lab and a well stocked Seminar Library. Since then, over the decades the department has produced a galaxy of scholars whose works have made an indelible imprint on the world of historical scholarship.
Known as the “Aligarh School of Historiography” its contribution is duly acknowledged and critiqued throughout the academic world. Its distinguished members have produced monumental studies like the Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982) and Atlas of Ancient Indian History (OUP 2012) by Faiz Habib and Irfan Habib, the renowned historian of our own times. Since its initiation into Centre the works of distinguished faculty comprising Professors Satish Chandra (later Chairman, UGC), K.A. Nizami, M. Athar Ali, R.C. Gaur, A.J. Qaisar, I.H. Siddiqui, Iqtidar Alam Khan, , S.P. Gupta S.P. Verma, Shireen Moosvi, and younger generation of scholars and researchers has increased the visibility of the Department at National and International levels.
At present the Centre and the department is headed by Professor Gulfishan Khan (author of Indian Muslim Perceptions of the West during the Eighteenth Century, OUP, 1998).

The Department offers undergraduate, Postgraduate and research courses. The major areas of focus in the Department are:

  1. Sources of History, Persian, Vernacular, Foreign Languages

  2. Socio, Economic and Cultural History

  3. History of Science and Technology

  4. Regional Studies

  5. Central Asian Studies

  6. Military History

  7. Islamic History

  8. Gender History

  9. Environmental History

  10. Onomastics

  11. Tourism

  12. South East Asian Studies

  13. Oral Tradition & Oral History

  14. Family History

  15. Art History