Dr. Wafi Momin
Head of Ismaili Special Collections Unit


Wafi Momin heads the Ismaili Special Collections Unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. In this role he has overall responsibility for the development and preservation of these collections, as well as for conceptualising and overseeing research projects and educational activities pertaining to them. 

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 Islam in South Asia and its interaction with other religious traditions; Ismaili history and thought; and literary and manuscript cultures in India during early modern and colonial times. 

He is the editor of a forthcoming IIS publication, Before the Printed Word: Text, Scribes and Transmission (2021), and is also finalising a catalogue of the Institute’s Indic manuscripts for publication. 

He teaches in the Institute’s various educational programmes, and is currently involved in the development and teaching of a new module for STEP graduate students entitled "Developments and Issues in the Contemporary Muslim World". For his publications and other academic work, please see