The late Janis Esots joined the IIS in 2013 as a Research Associate in the Shi‘i Studies Unit of the Department of Academic Research and Publications (DARP). He received his PhD in Middle Eastern Literatures and Cultures from Tallinn University, Estonia, in 2007. His PhD dissertation was entitled ‘Mullainfo-icon Sadra’s Teaching on Wujūd: A Synthesis of Mysticism and Philosophy’. In 2000–2013 (with minor intervals), he taught at the University of Latvia, becoming Associate Professor of Arabic and Persian in 2010. In 2009 he became the editor of the Islamic Philosophy Yearbook ‘Ishraq’, the fourth issue of which was devoted to Ismaili thought. He specialised in Islamic philosophy and intellectual history and published about fifty articles and encyclopaedic entries on this subject. In addition, he translated into Russian the works of Mulla Sadra, Shihab al-Dininfo-icon Suhrawardi, Mir Damad, Sadr al-Din Qunawi and Jalal al-Din Rumi. He was profoundly interested in the Ismaili philosophical tradition, had done research on Hamid al-Din Kirmani and, at the time of his passing in June 2021, was preparing the Dictionary of Ismaili Thought. You can read his obituary here.