Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi specialises in comparative mysticism, Islamic Studies, Sufism and Shi’ism. He is the founding editor of the Islamic World Report and currently a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies with the Department of Academic Research and Publications. He received degrees in International Relations and Politics at Sussex and Exeter University, before receiving his doctorate in Comparative Religion from the University of Kent in 1994. He later acted as a consultant to the Institute for Policy Research in Kuala Lumpur. He is also the author of Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi, and Meister Eckhart (2006) and The Other in the Light of the One: The Universality of the Qur’an and Interfaith Dialogue (2006), among others. Additionally, Shah-Kazemi has contributed to several volumes on Muslim spirituality and edited a Persian-to-English translation of the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia.