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’an; 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; Fatimids.
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;
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
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;