Dr Orkhan Mir-Kasimov (PhD in Islamic Studies from Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, France) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.
He is Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy, his teaching focuses on Islamic history, Shiʿi history and thought, and Islamic mysticism. Previously, he lectured at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations (INALCO) in Paris.
He was associate member of the Study of Monotheisms and Medieval Islam research units at the French National Centre for Scientific Research and worked at various research centres in France and Germany, including the Institute for Advanced Study of Nantes and the Free University of Berlin. He was the recipient of Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship (2009-2010).
Since 2020, he is the series editor of the Ismaili Texts and Translations Series published by the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. He has published many journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of Islamic mysticism and messianism, focusing on the late medieval and early modern periods. He has edited and co-edited several volumes and authored the Words of Power: Hurufi Teachings between Shiʿism and Sufism in Medieval Islam (2015) and Christian Apocalyptic Texts in Islamic Messianic Discourse (2017).