Dr. Fârès Gillon holds a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from L’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris) in 2017. He completed an MA in the History of Philosophy at the Sorbonne (2008) and an MA in Islamic Studies at L’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (2009).
For his PhD dissertation, he studied and translated into French the Kitāb al-Kashf, a collection of treatises transmitted by the Ismaili tradition and attributed to Jaʿfar b. Mansur al-Yaman, an early Fatimid author. He has published several academic articles and is currently working on other works by Jaʿfar b. Mansur al-Yaman as part of his research into the formation and evolution of Fatimid Ismailism. In addition to Ismaili thought, Fârès Gillon's research interests include other areas of Shi'i studies (Nusayrism, pre-Buyid and 'heterodox' Shi'ism, Druzism), as well as Islamic Philosophy, Qurʾanic exegesis, heterodoxies in Islam and Late Antique Neoplatonism.
Before joining the IIS, Fârès Gillon worked as a Librarian at L’ Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, where he catalogued Henry Corbin's Shi'i collection of books. He was also a lecturer at Aix-Marseille University, where he taught Arabic, History of Early Islam and History of Islamic Thought. He has held a post-doctoral position at the University Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).
Fârès Gillon is a former recipient of The Institute of Ismaili Studies’ Dissertation Writing Scholarship (2010).