Dr Fârès Gillon is a Research Associate in the Shiʿi Studies Unit at the Department of Academic Research and Publications. A former recipient of The Institute of Ismaili Studies’ Dissertation Writing Scholarship (2010), Dr Gillon completed his MA in Philosophy at the Sorbonne (2008), and a MA in Islamic Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (2009), where he also obtained his PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies (2017).
He has published several papers in academic journals, and taught Arabic, as well as History of Early Islam and Islamic thought at Aix-Marseille University. His dissertation represents an annotated French translation of the Kitāb al-Kashf, a collection of treatises transmitted by the Ismaili tradition and attributed to Jaʿfar b. Manṣūr al-Yaman, an early Fatimid author. As part of his research into the formation and evolutions of Fatimid Ismailism, he is currently working on other works by this author, attempting to establish both their sources and their impact on Fatimid thought. Dr Gillon is also interested in other areas of Shi‘i Studies, particularly the relation between orthodox and heterodox movements and doctrines in Shiʿism.
Dr Gillon’s wider research interests include Ismaili thought, Fatimid Ismailism, Shiʿi Islam, Islamic Philosophy, Qurʾanic Exegesis, Heterodoxies in Islam.