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 reasonable understanding of religion 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. 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 am very honoured to be joining the Gates Cambridge community.