Dr. Otambek Mastibekov is currently a Manuscript Researcher and Cataloguer of Persian, Arabic and Russian sources in the Ismaili Special Collections Unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London and founder and director of the School of Devotional Poetry (Maktab-i Madhiyakhani), Khorog, Tajikistan. Prior to this Otambek worked as a Research Assistant at the Central Asian Studies Unit of the Institute of Ismaili Studies. He obtained his PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2009. He was supervised by Dr. Shirin Akiner. Otambek also completed his MA in Islamic Studies at SOAS. He was one of the first graduates to join the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) from the Khorog English Programme in Tajikistan. He received his BA from Khorog State University, Tajikistan as a philologist of Arabic and Persian Literature. Otambek previously studied engineering at the Polytechnic College of Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Polytechnic Institute of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.