Dr Iloliev obtained an undergraduate degree in history and pedagogy from the Dushanbe State Pedagogical Institute before entering the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (London). He went on to study at the University of Cambridge completing an M.Phil and PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies. He previously held several research and teaching posts in the United Kingdom including Senior Research Associate at IIS where he was involved in interdepartmental projects such as curriculum development, research in the field of Central Asian studies, translation of education materials, teaching and supervising graduate students. He has also worked as a Research Fellow at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and was a history teacher in Tajikistan. His primary research interests include Central Asian studies, Islamic history, mysticism, traditions, and literature. Dr Iloliev is author of three monographs, translated ten books, and a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.