1. PhD, Sociology, The University of Hong Kong (2008)
  2. MSc, Community Health and Health Management, Heidelberg University (2003)
  3. PGIC, Human Rights, The United Nations University, Tokyo (2001)
  4. MSS, Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University (1998)
  5. BSS, Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University (1996)

Academic Title
Associate Professor, Associate Fellow

Academic Employment and Fellowship

Dr. Nazrul worked as Visiting Associate Professor (2016-17) in the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Center of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong (2008); and a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University (2003). He received German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship (2002-03); and The United Nations University (Tokyo) Fellowship (2001).

Area of Expertise
Medical Sociology/Anthropology, Public Health, Gender and Sexuality, Environmental health, Globalization, Health tourism, Ayurveda, Chinese Herbal medicine, China-India comparison

Offering Courses (2008-16)

Foundation Courses

GDHC 1133 Indian Civilization and Society

Interdisciplinary Courses
PH 1003 Environment, Food and Psychological Health: An Asian Perspective

Free Elective Courses


  • SOC 1240 Asian Medicine and Globalization
  • SOC 1330 Asian Health and Wellness
  • SOC 1190 Introduction to Public Health
  • SOC 1060 Gender and Sexuality
  • SOC 1180 Globalization and Society


Selected Publications



Islam, Md. Nazrul, Chinese and Indian medicine today-Branding Asia. Singapore: Springer Nature.

DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-3962-1


Islam, Md. Nazrul, Branding Asia: Chinese and Indian medicine today (forthcoming)



Islam, Md. Nazrul (eds.), Public health challenges in contemporary China: An interdisciplinary perspective. Heidelberg: Springer.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-47753-3


Journal articles



1.“Massage (àn mó) and related services as popular culture: New consumption and fluid sex hierarchy in contemporary China”, International Journal of China Studies, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.85-100. Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya.(SCOPUS)

2.“Chinese Medicine as a product filling the wellness health tourism niche in China: Prospect and challenges”, International Journal of Tourism Sciences, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp.51-69. The Tourism Sciences Society of Korea and Taylor and Francis Online.



3.“Medical secularism vs. religious secularism: new era of ayurveda in India”, Indian Journal of Social Work, Volume 75, Issue 2, pp.575-616. Mumbai: Tata Institute of Social Sciences.(SSCI)



4.“The promotion of masculinity and femininity through ayurveda in modern India”, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp.415-434. New Delhi: Sage Publication. (SSCI) (Co-author Kuah-Pearce, K E)




5.New Age Orientalism: Ayurvedic ‘wellness and spa’ culture”, Health Sociology Review, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp.220-231. Oxfordshire: Routledge Journal, Taylor and Francis. (SSCI)


6.Repackaging ayurveda in post-colonial India: Revival or dilution?” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp. 503-519. Oxfordshire: Routledge Journal, Taylor and Francis. (SCOPUS)




7.Indigenous medicine as commodity: Local reach of ayurveda in modern India”. Current Sociology, Volume 58, Issue 5, pp. 777-798. London: Sage Publications.(SSCI)



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