Dr Otambek Mastibekov is currently a Manuscript Researcher of Persian, Arabic and Russian sources in the Ismaili Special Collections Unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies and founder and director of the School of Devotional Poetry (Maktab-i Madhiyakhani), Khorog, Tajikistan. Prior to this, Otambek worked as a Research Assistant in the Central Asian Studies Unit of the IIS, and in the library of the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (London).
He obtained his PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2009. 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.
He has published Leadership and Authority in Central Asia: The Ismaili Community in Tajikistan (London, 2014), and a number of articles on Ismailis, philosophy, sociology, and Persian poetry.
He is currently working on his two forthcoming books Ādāb-nāma (A Book of Ethics), which is in Persian (2022), and A Return of Adam (2024).