Previous positions at the University
1988 – 2003 Principal Lecturer and Co-Ordinator for Multicultural Studies (Full Time)
1990 – 1997 Course Leader, Islamic Studies
1993 – 1998 Course Leader, Race and Culture Studies
1993 – present Visiting Lecturer in Indian History
2004 – 2011 Part Time Associate Lecturer (Post-retirement)
Previous posts outside the University
1962 – 1964 Head of History Department, Duke of Gloucester High School, Nairobi, Kenya
1964 – 1966 Head of History Department, Shimo La Tewa African Boys Boarding School, Mombasa, Kenya
1966 – 1967 Assistant History Teacher, Southchurch Hall High School, Southend on Sea, Essex
1967 – 1974 Assistant History Teacher, Central High School for Boys, Manchester
1974 – 1982 Head of History Department, Central High School for Boys, Manchester
1982 – 1984 Head of Humanities Faculty, Brookway High School, Manchester
1984 – 1987 Head of Multicultural Education Support Service, Tameside Education Department; Secretary to the Director of Education's Multicultural Education Development Group, Tameside.
Experience in organising extra-curricular evening courses
1962 – 1964 Teacher of English, Kenya Polytechnic
1969 – 1975 Teacher of General Studies and Current Affairs, Stockport College of Technology
1980 – 1983 Lecturing with a colleague on "Race Relations and the Black Communities", Department of Extra Mural Studies, University of Manchester
1982 Organiser of an inter-faith multicultural conference, Manchester Cathedral and the College of Adult Education, Manchester
1982 – 1989 Lecturing with a colleague on "Community Understanding and the Police", Greater Manchester Police Training School, Sedgeley Park, Manchester
1985 – 1986 Lecturing with a colleague on "New Issues and Concerns in our Multicultural Society", Faculty of Humanities, Law and Social Science, Manchester Polytechnic
1985 – 1989 Annual lecture on Zoroastrianism at the University of London, under the auspices of the Faculty of Extra Mural Studies
1989 Organised three short evening courses at the Manchester Polytechnic : "Life and Labour in Modern Britain – An Ethnic Perspective"; "A Hundred Flowers Bloom : Civilisations, Cultures and Communities" and "Understanding India"
1990 – 2011 Organised, over more than twenty years, a number of non- vocational, non-award bearing courses and lectures in multicultural fields as diverse as African Studies, Islamic Studies, Indian studies, Jewish Studies, Eastern Christian Studies, Black Studies, History of Economics and History of Mathematics and Science. Planned and chaired upwards of 2000 evening sessions at the University over a period of 20 years.
1990 – 1993 Lecturing to Police probationers on Race Relations at the Greater Manchester Police Training School, Manchester
1991 – 1995 External Examiner on the BEd Degree for Overseas Graduates at the University of Hertfordshire
1993 – 1997 Tutor for the course "Race, Education and Society", the Open University
2003 – 2011 Weekly Multicultural Studies evening sessions organised
British Soil, Chinese Roots : Chinese Life in Britain, joint authorhip with Yung Yung Wah and Simon Buckley (Countywise, 1996)
India: The Ancient Past – The History of the Indian subcontinent from 7000 BC to AD 1200 (Routledge, 2007)
Challenges and Opportunities for Service Delivery in a Culturally Diverse Society: lessons from the Muslim community, joint editorship with Dr. Liz Marr and Akhtar Hussain (Manchester Metropolitan University Publication, 2008)
Knowledge and Cultures: Crossing Boundaries in History, joint editorship with Dr. George Gheverghese Joseph (Manchester Metropolitan University Publication, 2009)
Equality, Diversity, Community: Four Themes, joint editorship with Dr. Liz Marr, (Manchester Metropolitan University Publication, 2009)
In Praise of Multiculturalism: Defending Diversity, joint editorship with Dr. George Gheverghese Joseph (Manchester Metropolitan University Publication, 2012).
Islamic Civilization in South Asia: A History of Muslim Power and Presence in the Indian subcontinent (Routledge, forthcoming November 2012).
The Kenyan Asian problem, in "Manchester Independent", March 12, 1968
Ethnocentrism in History : A study in entrenched attitudes (joint authorship), in "Yagl Ambu", University of
Papua New Guinea Journal of Social Science and Humanities, Vol. 10, No. 4, December 1983
No Gags please (joint authorship), in "Times Educational Supplement", June 28, 1985
Knowledge in search of Mammon (joint authorhip), in "Economic and political Weekly", Bombay, India, August 24, 1985
Education for All (joint authorship), in "Polestar", the Journal of the Moral Re-Armament Movement, 1985
Building in the Bias, in "Si Yu", Journal of the Manchester Chinese Community, Issue No. 11, April 1986
William Henry Chaloner, Friend and Teacher, in "Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society", Vol. 85, 1988
Race Relations Training : The state of the art (joint authorship), in B. Verma and P. Pumphrey : "Urban Education and Race Relations", Falmer Press, 1989
Chinese History for All : An issue of Multicultural Education, in "Multicultural teaching", Vol. 8, No. 1, Autumn 1989
Becoming British, Remaining Indian : A point of view about Indians in Britain, in K N Malik and Peter Robb : "India and Britain – Recent Past and Present Challenges" (Allied Publishers, New Delhi, 1994)
Multicultural education for adults : Rationale, Curriculum and Process, a published conference paper delivered at the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults, University of Southampton, July 1995
Recollections of Ali Mazrui as an Undergraduate, in Omari Kokole (Ed) : "The Global African : A portrait of Ali Mazrui" (Africa World Press, New Jersey, 1995)
Best books on Indian History, in Oxfam : "Best Books, experts choose their favourites" (Helicon, 1996)
Race and Ethnicity in Adult Education : Issues of Power and Diversity, in the Proceedings of the 27th
Annual Scutrea Conference on Research in the education of Adults, 1997 (joint authorship)
Struggle for Liberation: A brief review of the events leading to the end of the British Raj, Indian
Independence Diamond Jubilee Celebration, The Indian Association, Manchester, August, 2007.
Understanding the Aryans, a web article, July 2012: http://www.termpaperwarehouse.com/
24 scholarly articles, published between 2000-2002, on the History of India and South Asia, for community education.
Pre-history of South Asia
The Harappan Civilisation
The Vedic Age
Jainism, Buddhism and post-Vedic Dissent
Early Indian kingship and the rise of Magadha
Early intruders at the gates of India : Persians and Macedonians
Kautilya and Megasthenes : Advising and Observing at the Court of Chandragupta Maurya
The Dhamma of Ashoka
The World of the Mauryas
Confusion and Creativity after the Mauryas
The Kushans and their noblest king, Kanishka
Prosperity and Piety of the Satavahanas
The Deep South and Sri Lanka : Their Early History
Two great Guptas
Guptas under pressure, and North India fractured
Sri Harsha and his admirers
Classical India : Treasures of Mind and Spirit
Chalukyas and Pallavas : Culture and Conflict in South India
Sind under the Arabs : Rhetoric and Reality of Power in Islamic Empire
From Rajasthan to Madhyadeha : Status-seeking by the Gurjara-Pratihara
The majesty and wealth of the Rashtrakuta
Pala suzerainty in Bengal
An ethnocentric history of the world : the case of Paul Johnson (joint authorship), a review of the the History of the Modern world since 1917, by Paul Johnson, in "History Workshop", issue no. 23, Spring 1987
West's unacknowledged Debt, a review of The Crest of the Peacock : Non- Western Roots of Mathematics, by George Joseph, in "Economic and Political Weekly", Bombay, India, June 29, 1991
Muslims and the British Education System (joint authorship), a review of the Iqra Trust Handbooks in "New Era in Education", Vol. 73, no. 1, April 1992
Review of Not Easy being British : Colour, Culture and Citizenship by Tariq Modood, (Runnymede Trust and Trentham Books), in "New Era in Education", August 1994
Review of Ashoka by Charles Allen, in "Reviews in History", Institute of Historical Research, university of London, July 2012.
Equal Opportunities in Higher Education, at the annual general meeting of the Tameside Council for Racial Equality, June 24, 1988
Zoroastrian Identity in Multi-racial Britain, at the World Zoroastrian Organisation Seminar, July 31, 1988
Multicultural Education in Britain : Opportunities and Constraints – A view from the classroom, at the Social values research Conference, University of Hull, October 29, 1988
Indians in Britain, at a seminar of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, September 22, 1992
Multicultural Education for Adults, a paper presented at the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults, University of Southampton, July 1995
The Prison of Eurocentrism, presented jointly, at the University of Manchester Centre for the study of Eurocentrism, December 1, 1995
The Prison of Eurocentrism, a seminar presented jointly, at the Fifth conference of the International society for the study of European ideas, University of Utrecht, August, 1996
The Aryabhatiya and the changing perceptions in the West towards non-Western Knowledge, a paper presented at the seminar to commemorate the 1500th anniversary of the famous mathematical treatise of Aryabhatta, the Aryabhatiya, at the Kerala Mathematics Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India, January, 2000
Anglo-Parsi relations and the Iranian Zoroastrians : Ameliorating the Zoroastrian Condition in 19th Century Iran, a paper summarised at a conference of historians at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tehran, Iran, June 2001.
From Multifaith to Interfaith, a paper read at the Birmingham Council of Faiths, October 2009.
Religious Symbolism in Zoroastrianism, at the seminar on Religious Symbolism in a Multicultural Society, Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool, May 2012.
British Multicultural Society, at the University of Third Age seminar, Bolton, May 2012.
Ibn Khaldun: The Man and the Historian. at a conference on Intellectual Life in the Islamic World: Past and Present, Department of History, Manchester Metropolitan University, June 2012.