Dr. Farhad Daftary is the Co-Director of The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, and Head of the Institute’s Department of Academic Research and Publications. Since the mid-1960s, when he was completing his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, he has cultivated his interest in Shi‘i Studies, with special reference to its Ismaili tradition, on which he is an authority. As well as serving on various editorial boards, Dr Daftary is a consulting editor of Encyclopaedia Iranica, co-editor (with Professor Wilferd Madelung) of Encyclopaedia Islamica, and the general editor of the ‘Ismaili Heritage Series’, the ‘Ismaili Texts and Translations Series’, and ‘Shi’i Heritage Series.’ He is the author and editor of numerous publications, including The Ismailis (1990; 2nd ed., 2007), The Assassin Legends (1994), A Short History of the Ismailis (1998), Intellectual Traditions in Islam (2000), Ismaili Literature (2004), A Modern History of the Ismailis (2011), as well as many articles and encyclopaedia entries. Dr Daftary’s books have been translated into Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Gujarati, Chinese and various European languages.
Dr. Gurdofarid Miskinzoda is the Managing Editor of the ‘Shi‘i Heritage Series’. Since receiving her PhD in the study of History of the Near and Middle East and Islam from SOAS, University of London, she has worked as a Research Associate and Coordinator of Shi‘i Studies in the Department of Academic Research and Publications at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. Dr Miskinzoda is the author of Narratives of the Life of Muhammad: Redefining Sīra Literature (forthcoming) as well as various articles.