STEP Faculty

Meet Our Current Faculty

The faculty is comprised of lecturers who have made a significant contribution to scholarship and are engaged in innovative research projects in their respective fields. The current lecturers include IIS, IOE and visiting scholars from leading international academic institutions:

Professor Afzal Ahmed – Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Lifelong Learning; Communication and Teaching
Subjects through Art Forms.

Professor Ali Asani (Harvard) – Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures.

Ms Rosa Barugh (IIS) – Global Ethics; Post-Graduate Teaching; International Teaching and International Programmes.

Dr Maria de Cillis (IIS) – Islamic Philosophy; Shi’i Studies; Islamic Theology.

Dr Omar Ali-De-Unzaga (IIS) – Qur’aninfo-icon; Qur’anic Exegesis; Tafsir.

Dr Dagi Dagiev (IIS) – Regime Transitions in Central Asia; Democratisation, Nationalism and Islam; Shi’i and Ismaili Studies.

Dr Farhad Daftary (IIS) – Ismaili History; Shi’i Studies; Shi’i Intellectual History.

Dr Zamira Dildorbekova (IIS) – Islam in Central Asia; Ismaili Studies; Curriculum Development; Research Methods.

Dr Hakim Elnazarov (IIS) – Central Asian Studies; Islam in Central Asia; Ismaili Studies.

Dr Karim Gulamali (IIS) – Religious Education; Teacher Education.

Dr Laila Halani (IIS) – Anthropology; Gender; Ismailis in Modern times; Contemporary Islamic movements.

Mr Nazmin Halani (IIS) – Education; Religious Education; Curriculum Development.

Mr Faheem Hussain (IIS) – Sensory History; Influence of state policies on history textbooks; Adolescent moral development.

Dr Abdulmamad Iloliev (IIS) – Central Asian Studies; Islamic mysticism; Ismaili devotional literature; Islamic popular culture.

Dr Nadia Eboo Jamal – Islamic Studies; Persian history and culture in the period of Mongol rule.

Dr Shainool Jiwa (IIS) – Ismaili History and Thought; Fatimidsinfo-icon.

Dr Christie Johnson (IIS) – Arabic Verbal Arts; Theories of Literature and the Arts.

Ms Sophie Kerslake (IOE) – Classroom based action research; Developing innovation in education; Curriculum.

Dr Tullio Lobetti (IIS) – Philosophy of Religion; Hermeneutics and Epistemology; Theory in the Study of

Dr Sharmina Mawani (IIS) – Religious identities; Nizari Ismaili Muslims in Britain and Canada; South Asian devotional literature.

Dr Toby Mayer (IIS) – Muslim philosophy; Esoteric Scriptural Exegesis; Mysticism; Qur’anic Hermeneutics.

Dr Orkhan Mir-Kasimov (IIS) – Shi'i Islam; Islamic mysticism and messianism. 

Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda (IIS) – Shi’i Islam; Early Islam; Muslim Historical and Literary Tradition.

Dr Farouk Mitha (Victoria) – Teaching Shakespeare in Secondary Schools; Muslim intellectual history; Curriculum development in the Humanities.

Dr Marodsilton Muborakshoeva (IIS) – History and Philosophy of Education; Higher Education; Comparative Education; Literature.

Dr Anjoom Mukadam (IIS) – Migration and Diaspora/Post-Diaspora; Ismaili Youth in the West; Adolescent Identity

Dr Farid Panjwani (UCL) – Philosophy of education; Contemporary education in Muslim societies; Religious Education.

Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor (IIS) – Shi’i intellectual history; Ismaili Philosophy; Contemporary political theory.

Dr Maryam Rezaee (IIS) – Shi’i Studies; Women and Development; Cultural Studies; Gender; Social Policies; Research Methods.

Mr Riaz Rhemtulla (IIS) – Teacher Education; Religious Education; Curriculum Development and Implementation.

Dr Nuha Al-Shaar (IIS) – Classical Arabic literature and thought; Ethics in Muslim traditions; Qur’anic exegesis.

Ms Camilla Smith (IOE) – Modern Foreign Languages; Teaching listening skills using authentic materials;
Learner/Teacher motivation.

Ms Alexis Stones (IOE) – Sacred art; Museum education and Theatre-in-Education.

Dr Farouk Topan (AKU) – Oral and written African Literature; Swahili Culture, spirit possession, and Islam in
East Africa.

Dr Roy Wilson (IIS) – Applied Language Studies; International English Language Teaching; Academic literacy.

Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad (IIS) – Middle Eastern media and culture; Blended Learning; Online Education;
Visual Anthropology.