Dr Janis Esots
Area of focus:
  1. Islamic history
  2. Ismailism
  3. Twelver Imami Shii'ism
  4. Islamic philosophy
  5. Ismaili Philosophy
  6. Suhrawadi
  7. School of Isfahan
  8. Qur'anic Exegesis
  9. Theoretical Sufism
  10. Persian Classical Poetry


Janis Esots received his PhD in Middle Eastern Literatures and Cultures from Tallinn University, Estonia, in 2007. His PhD dissertation is 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. Since 2009, he has been the editor of the Islamic Philosophy Yearbook ‘Ishraq’, the fourth issue of which was devoted to Ismaili thought. He specialises in Islamic philosophy and intellectual history and has published about fifty articles and encyclopaedic entries on this subject. In addition, he has 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 is profoundly interested in the Ismaili philosophical tradition, has previously done research on Hamid al-Din Kirmani and is currently preparing the Dictionary of Ismaili Thought.