Abu ‘Ali Mansur, the sixth Fatimid caliph and 16th Ismaili imam (r. 386-411/996-1021). Born in 375/985, Abu ‘Ali Mansur succeeded his father ‘Aziz (r. 365-86/975-96) at the age of 11 on 28 Ramadan 386/14 October 996 with the caliphal title of al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah. The first Fatimid ruler to have been born in Egypt, Hakim had been proclaimed as heir-apparent (wali al-‘ahd) in 383/993 on the death of his elder (and sole) brother Muhammad.


Dr Farhad Daftary

Co-Director and Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications

An authority in Shi'i studies, with special reference to its Ismaili tradition, Dr. Daftary has published and lectured widely in these fields of Islamic studies. In 2011 a Festschrift entitled Fortresses of the Intellect was produced to honour Dr. Daftary by a number of his colleagues and peers.


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