Dr Abdulmamad Iloliev is а Research Associate in the Department of Curriculum Studies at The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), and is currently engaged in translation, review and revision of the IIS Primary and Secondary Curricula on Islam in Tajik, Persian and Russian. He also conducts research in the field of Ismaili studies, supervises and teaches graduate students at the IIS. He has previously taught history and sociology in Tajikistan, worked for the Professional Teacher Educators Programme in Toronto, and was a Research Fellow at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He also served as a non-resident Research Associate at the University of Sussex’s School of Global Studies.
Abdulmamad obtained his first degree (a BA with distinction) in history and pedagogy from the Tajik State Pedagogical University. He graduated from the IIS’ Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities in 2001, obtaining an MPhil in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from Cambridge University (2002). He is a recipient of the Institute’s Doctoral Scholarship Programme, and in 2006 completed his PhD on Ismaili tradition of the Pamiri people at Cambridge University. His primary research interests focus on Ismaili history, literature and traditions in Central Asia. Dr Iloliev is the author of a monograph entitled The Ismaili-Sufi Sage of Pamir: Mubarak-i Wakhani and the Esoteric Tradition of the Pamiri Muslims (2008) and several peer reviewed articles and book chapters including “The Silk Road Castles and Temples: Ancient Wakhan in Legends and History”, in Identity, History and Trans-Nationality in Central Asia: Mountain Communities of Pamir ( 2018); “The Concept of Wilayah in Mubarak-i Wakhani’s Chehel Dunya: A Traditional Ismaili-Sufi Perspective on the Origins of Divine Guidance”, in Intellectual Interactions in the Islamic World: The Ismaili Thread; “King of Men: Ali ibn Abi Talib in Pamiri Folktales”, in The Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies, vol. 8 (2015); “Pirship in Badakhshan: The Role and Significance of the Institute of the Religious Masters (Pirs) in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Wakhan and Shughnan”, in JSIS, vol. 7 (2013); “Popular Culture and Religious Metaphor: Saints and Shrines in the Wakhan Region of Tajikistan”, in Central Asian Survey, vol. 27 (2008); “Mubarak-i Wakhani’s Contribution to Nasir-i Khusraw’s Tradition in Pamir”, Nasir-i Khusraw: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (2005).