Shaftolu joined the Institute's graduate programme having studied linguistics at Khorog State University, Tajikistan. Whilst studying at the IIS, Shaftolu conducted field work in Cairo, Eygpt where he studied how Tajik students studying at Al-Azhar University approach faith and politics. During his third year at the IIS, Shaftolu chose to undertake an MA in Islamic History at the University of Oxford. Shaftolu is currently pursuing an MPhil in Classical and Medieval Islamic History at the University of Oxford.
Mr. Shaftolu Gulamadov