Dr Alessandro Cancian is Senior Research Associate at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, where he works on Shiʿi Sufism, Qur’anic exegesis and the intellectual and religious history of pre-modern Iran. A historian of religions and anthropologist by formation, he has published books and articles on religious education in Shiʿi Islam, Shiʿi Sufism and Qur’anic exegesis.