Recently my supervisor introduced me at a seminar as the ‘first Muslim cleric who has delivered a sermon in the mosque and performed a stand-up comedy in a theatre the same night’. This quote perfectly reflects my passion in leading the Muslim community towards a rational understanding of religion and away from extremism as well as addressing, through comedy, misconceptions about Muslims. It is this passion that has driven me to where I am now, having studied at the Islamic Seminaries of Iran for nine years and currently completing my MPhil at the University of Cambridge. During my time in the Seminaries, I studied and later taught theology, philosophy and Islamic jurisprudence.The best way to tackle the rising problem of extremisms is to provide an alternative interpretation through scholarly work, and disseminate this research in the Muslim community and beyond. My PhD research aims to explore ways in which the rights of the non-Muslims and in particular rights of the Jews are considered and recognized by Shia jurists. I aim to make a direct impact on policy by understanding the human rights that are inherent in Islam and connecting them to the present context. I am very honoured to be joining the Gates Cambridge community and I hope to contribute to the efforts made to eradicate extremism.