Shafique N. Virani is Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto.[1] Having earned a master's degree in Islamic Studies from McGill University and a PhD from Harvard University, he has also served as faculty at Harvard University and Zayed University.[2][3]

He has won several international awards, such as the 2001 Dissertation Award from the Foundation for Iranian Studies,[4] the 2008 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize (for his The Ismailis in the Middle Ages),[5] and the Farabi International Award (granted annually by the Iranian Ministry of Science).[6]

In 2014, the American Academy of Religion named Virani the recipient of its Excellence in Teaching Award.[7]