Biography

Dr. Wafi Momin
Head of Ismaili Special Collections Unit

Introduction

Wafi Momin is Head of Ismaili Special Collections Unit at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. In this role he has the overall responsibility for the Institute’s special collections – their development, preservation, as well as conceptualising and overseeing research projects and educational activities pertaining to these collections. He holds a doctorate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.

His doctoral dissertation examined the formation of the Satpanth Ismaili tradition in South Asia. His research interests include Ismaili history and thought; Islam in South Asia and its interaction with other religious traditions; and literary and manuscript cultures in India during the early modern and colonial periods.

He is the editor of a forthcoming IIS publication, Before the Printed Word: Text, Scribes and Transmission (2021) – which is based on a symposium on the IIS manuscript collections that he organised in 2017 – and is currently finalising a catalogue of the Institute’s Indic manuscripts for publication.

Wafi teaches in the IIS various educational programmes, and is currently involved in the development of a new STEP module entitled, ‘Developments and Issues in Contemporary Muslim World’ which he will teach next year together with other ISCU scholars.