Biography

Mr. Wafi Momin
Head of Ismaili Special Collections Unit

Introduction

Wafi Momin serves as Head of Ismaili Special Collections Unit (ISCU). In this capacity, Mr. Momin has the overall managerial responsibility for the Institute’s collections of special materials, their development and preservation, as well as conceptualising and overseeing various research projects and educational activities pertaining to these materials.

Previously serving as Keeper of Ismaili Collections, Wafi Momin is also leading the project of systematic cataloguing, analysis and preservation of the IIS’ collection of Khojkiinfo-icon and Gujarati manuscripts, which record and transmit a variety of literary genres, the most prominent among them being the Ginans, composed in languages as diverse as Gujarati, Hindi/Hindustani, Sindhi, Punjabi with loan-words from Arabic, Persian and other languages.

Currently finishing his PhD at the University of Chicago, his primary research focuses on the historical formation of the Satpanth Ismaili tradition and issues pertaining to religious interactions in the South Asian context.