Areas of Interest
South Asian History, Global History, Early Modern and Modern History, History of Bengal, History of Bangladesh, Labour History, Intellectual History, Social and Cultural History.
M M Azizul Islam Rasel is a historian. Apart from historical studies he is interested in critical theory and Marxism. He was educated in Dhaka and Leiden University, with prestigious Encompas Scholarship. He has authored a number of academic articles. He has presented papers in several national and international conferences among which include Center for South Asian Studies, Hawaii University, USA and ‘Mountstuart Elphinstone Local and Global: Colonial Knowledge, National Histories and Regional Realities in Mumbai, 21st workshop of the Association Jeunes Etudȇs Indiennes titled Of Mediation and Power: Intermediaries in the South Asian Societies, New Delhi
He has published a book titled The Seventeenth Century Dutch Travel Literature and the Production of Knowledge on Asia (Berlin, 2013). Recently his research titled ‘Experiencing the Border: The Lushai People and Transnational Space’ is published in Reece Jones and Md. Azmeary Ferdoush (eds.), Borders and Mobility: South Asia and Beyond (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018). Currently he is researching on Communalism in Pakistan (East Bengal, 1947-1955), The Trade Union and Working Class in East Bengal.
Awards and Scholarships:
Creative Works: Published poems and short stories in the national dailies and little magazines.
Review of 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh by Srinath Raghavan . New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2013. In Protichinta, 2014, 9th issue, 2014.
Review of The Bengal Delta: Ecology, State and Social Change, 1840-1943 by Iftekhar Iqbal. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. In Protichinta, 3(2), 2013. pp. 147-157.
`Armenian Diaspora in Bengal: Trade and Politics in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Bangladesh Historical Studies , Vol-XXII, 2010-2012.Bangladesh abhudoyer boissik prekhkhapot [Global perspective of the emergence of Bangladesh], Protichinta, 2014, 9th issue, http://protichinta.prothom-alo
Partition and Postcolonial States, Daily Star, August 14, 2013
“Armenian Diaspora in Bengal Trade and Politics” in Journal of Bangladesh Historical Studies, vol. XXII 201012