The Kitāb al-Kashf is one of the oldest Ismaili books to have reached us. This collection of six treatises contains several elements showing the proximity of Shi‘i ghulāt circles to the early Ismailis, as it appears when comparing it with both ghulāt literature and Nusayrī texts. However, the Kitāb al-Kashf is also a testimony to the early Fatimid caliphate’s attempts to reorganise its doctrine and to legitimise its temporal power. This lecture will present some ambiguous passages of the text in which traces of early Shi‘i ideas can still be detected despite their Fatimid rewriting.
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Fârès Gillon received a MA in Philosophy from the Sorbonne, and a MA in Islamic Studies from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. He also studied Arabic. Recently he obtained a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes under the supervision of Prof. Mohammed Ali Amir-Moezzi and Dr. Daniel De Smet.