Biography

Dr. Abdulmamad Iloliev
Research Associate

Introduction

Abdulmamad Iloliev currently holds the position of Research Associate in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the IIS.

Previously, he worked as the PTEP (Professional Teacher Educators' Programme) Education Officer based at the IIS. It is designed to develop a core group of Professional Teacher Educators for the Ismaʿili religious education system worldwide.

Dr Iloliev is a recipient of the Institute's Doctoral Scholarship Programme and in 2006 completed his PhD on the Isma'ili tradition of the Pamiri People of Tajikistan at Cambridge University. His dissertation, entitled 'Poetic Expression of Pamiri Isma'ilism: The Life and Thought of Mubarak-i Wakhani, A Nineteenth Century Mystic Poet and Religious Scholar' focussed on the religious and cultural tradition of the Pamiris.

He also worked with the SOAS, University of London, as a Research Fellow on a project called “Islam, trade and citizenship on the frontiers of Central and South Asia” sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust.

Abdulmamad graduated from the Institute's Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities in 2001, obtaining an MPhil in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from the University of Cambridge (2002). Prior to that he completed a BA with distinction in History from Tajik State Pedagogical University in Dushanbe (1992) and worked as a secondary school teacher in Tajikistan.

Currently he works on a two-year manuscript project aiming to examine, translate and publish one of Mubarak-i Wakhani’s major prose books “Hajat wa Munajat”.

Publications

The Ismaʿili-Sufi Sage of Pamir: Mubarak-i Wakhani and the Esoteric Tradition of the Pamir Muslims. NY: Cambria Press, 2000