Professor Howard Brasted

Professor - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Howard Brasted

Phone: +61 2 6773 2081



BA (Hons) (Wellington), PhD (Edinburgh)

Teaching Areas

HINQ  101           The Historian

HIST   343           Islam in the Modern World

ISLM  344           Islam and the West: ‘The Clash of Civilisations?’

ISLM  363/563   Islam and Women

HIST   542           British India: From Clive to Kipling to Gandhi (from 1756-1947)

Research Interests

Current research engages the themes of:

  • India and Pakistan
  • Islam in the Modern World
  • American Imperialism

Research Supervision Experience

Research Experience              

a) Editorial

1984-2002 Editor of South Asia

1996-2002 Editor SAGE series: Studies on Contemporary South Asia

2007- Editorial Board Adviser to Melbourne University Press [MUP] series on ‘Islam and Muslim Affairs’ series

b) PhD supervision:

Since 2000 supervised to completion as Principal Supervisor 7 PhD students and currently supervising 5 PhDs, on contemporary aspects of Indian, Pakistani and Islamic history.

c) Competitive Grants:

Project Leader, Institutional Partner Investigator or Co-Investigator in 14 competitively funded projects, including 1 ARC discovery and 3 ARC linkage grants.


Books & Monographs
Brasted, H.V., Reflections on History Today and the Appearance of a New World Disorder? (Armidale, UNE, 2005), pp. 20.

Brasted, H.V. and Low, D.A. (eds), Freedom, Trauma, Continuities: Northern India and Independence (New Delhi, Sage, 1997), pp. 237.

Brasted, H.V.(ed) [with M.E. Falkus et al] Child Labour in Asia: Some Perspectives on Selected Countries, (Canberra, Aust Govt Printing Service, 1997), pp. 210.

Brasted, H.V., McGuire, J. and Reeves, P. (eds), Politics of Violence: From Ayodhya to Behrampada (New Delhi, Sage Publications, 1996), pp. 300.

Brasted, H.V. and Carl Bridge, Explaining the Transfer of Power in India: An Historiographical Post Mortem, Occasional Papers in Society and History LXIV (New Delhi, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 1992), pp. 49.

Book chapters

Brasted H. V., Imran Ahmed & Saira Orakzai, ‘Whither Pakistan: the Failure of Constitutional Road Mapping?’ In Nadirsyah Hosen (ed.) Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham-UK, forthcoming 2017).

Brasted, H.V. and Ahmed, Zahid, “The Political Economy of Pakistan’s ‘War on Terror’”, in Webb, M. J. & Wijeweera, A. (eds), The Political Economy of Conflict in South Asia (London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 114-131.

Brasted, H.V. with Adeel Khan, "Islam and the 'clash of civilizations'? An historical perspective", in S. Akbarzadeh (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Political Islam (Abingdon, Routledge, 2012), pp.273-301.

Brasted, H.V., 'Images of Islam and the Australian Press 1950-2000’ in Farouqui, A. (ed.), Muslims and Media  Images (New Delhi, OUP, 2009, pp. 58-84; and ‘Postscript 2001-2007', pp. 85-90. Earlier version published in Shahram Akbazadeh (ed.), Islam in Australia (Sydney, UNSW Press, 2001), pp.206-227.

Brasted, H.V., 'A New World Disorder in the Making? An Historical Assessment’, in Akbarzadeh, S. and Mansouri, F., Political Islam and Human Security (Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006), pp. 15-31.

Brasted, H.V., 'Islam and Identity in South Asia: at the crossroads of confusion and confrontation', in Johns, A. H, Patience, A. & Lahoud, Nelly (eds), Islam in World Politics (London, Routledge, 2005), pp. 105-126.

Brasted, H.V.,'Women, Labour Standards, and Labour Organisation', in Amarjit Kaur(ed), Women Workers in Industrialising Asia (London, Palgrave, 2004), pp. 218-240.

Brasted, H.V., 'Contested Representations in Historical Perspective: Images of Islam and the Australian Press 1950-2000', in Shahram Akbazadeh (ed.), Islam in Australia (Sydney, UNSW Press, 2001), pp.206-227.

Brasted, H.V., 'South Asian Studies', in D.A.Low (ed.), Knowing Ourselves and Others: The Humanities in Australia into the 21st Century,Vol.2 (Canberra, Australia Research Council, 1998), pp.239-250.

Brasted, H.V., 'South Asian Studies Overseas: At the Crossroads of South Asia- Mindedness in Britain, Australia and New Zealand', in Kwon Tai-Hwan and Oh Myung-Seok (eds), Asian Studies in the Age of Globalisation (Seoul, Seoul National University Press, 1998), pp. 209-232.

Brasted, H.V., 'Child Labour in India', in M. E. Falkus et al, Child Labour in Asia: Some Perspectives on Selected Countries (Canberra, Aust Govt Printing Service, 1997), pp. 13-41.

Brasted, H.V. and Carl Bridge, '15 August 1947: Labour's Parting Gift to India', in J. Masselos (ed.), India: Creating a Modern Nation, (Delhi, Sterling, 1990), pp. 3-36.

Brasted, H.V., 'Irish Models and the Indian National Congress, 1870-1922', in J. Masselos (ed.), Struggling and Ruling. The Indian National Congress 1885-1985 (Delhi, Sterling, 1987), pp. 24-46.

Brasted, H.V., 'Irish Nationalism and the British Empire' in O. MacDonagh (ed.), Irish Nationalism and Culture, 1750-1950 (London, Macmillan, 1984), pp. 83-103.

Refereed Articles

Brasted, H.V., 'American Empire' Australian Review of Public Affairs, 3 November 2006.

Brasted, H.V. and Khan, Adeel, 'Pakistan, the Politics of Identity, and the BJP, Special Issue , South Asia, XXV, Dec.2002, pp. 365-380.

Brasted, H.V. and Julie Marsh, 'Fire, the BJP, and Moral Society', Special Issue, South Asia, XXV, Dec.2002, pp. 235-252.

Brasted, H.V., 'Piecing Together the Jigsaw: Indian Women in the Urban Labour Force', Asian Studies Review, Vol. 24, no.2 (June, 2000), pp.195-212.

Brasted, H.V. and Roy, A., 'Introduction – Islam in History and Politics: a South Asian Perspective', South Asia, Vol. XXII, Special Issue, 1999, pp.1-12.

Brasted, H.V., Bridge, C. and Holland, R.F., 'Counsels of Despair or Withdrawals with Honour?' Partitioning in Ireland, India, Palestine and Cyprus', Round Table, no. 342, (1997), pp. 257-68.

Brasted, H.V., 'The Politics of Stereotyping. Western Images of Islam', Manushi, no. 98 (1997), pp. 6-16.

Brasted, H.V., 'Decolonisation in India: Britain's Positive Role', Modern History Review, Vol. II, no.2 (Nov. 1990), pp. 31-33.

Brasted, H.V. and Carl Bridge, 'Labour and the Transfer of Power in India: A Case for Reappraisal?', Indo-British Review, Vol. XIV, no. 2 (1988), pp. 70-90.

Brasted, H.V., 'Indian Nationalist Development and the Influence of Irish Home Rule 1870-1886', Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 14, no. 6 (1980), pp. 37-63.


Professional Positions

1984-2004 Secretary of South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASA)

2000 - Life Membership of SASA

1993-1999 Board Member of National Centre for South Asian Studies, Melbourne

1994 Humanities Research Centre Scholar, ANU

2002-2004 Council Member, Asian Studies Association of Australia [ASAA]

2000-2009 Director of UNE Asia Centre

2011 - Co-Director of UNE Asia Pacific Centre

2012 - Fellow of Australia-India Institute

1997-2006   ARC Assessor

Further Information

Lecturing Positions

1968 Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

1972-73 Edinburgh University, Scotland

1974 University of New England

Administrative Positions

2004 -06 Head of School of Classics, History and Religion

2000 - 04 Elected Academic Member, University Council