Islamic History and Thought Lecture Series

Convened by Dr Fârès Gillon, the lecture series welcomes scholars specialising in intellectual, social and political aspects of medieval and early modern Islamic societies.

Hosted by the Institute of Ismaili Studies (London) and convened by Dr Fârès Gillon, the Islamic History and Thought Lecture Series is designed to invite scholars of various international academic institutions, specialising in intellectual, social and political aspects of medieval and early modern Islamic societies, to present and discuss their research. Due to the current pandemic circumstances, the lectures will take place exclusively online until further notice.

Fârès Gillon is a Research Associate in the Shiʿi Studies Unit at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. His research focuses on Islamic thought and Shiʿi Islam with particular reference to the Ismaili tradition.

Forthcoming lectures:

The Revival of Twelver Shi’i Tafsīr in Early Modern and Modern Times: Three Case Studies 

Dr Mathieu Terrier (CNRS, Paris)

Wednesday 25 November 2020


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm GMT

Agents of the Hidden Imaminfo-icon: Forging Twelver Shi'ism (850 950 CE)

Dr Edmund Hayes (University of Leiden, Netherlands)

Thursday 28 January 2021



2:00 pm – 4:00 pm GMT

The Druzes, from Ismaili Esotericism to the Formation of a Doctrinal School of Law

Dr Wissam Halawi (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Wednesday 17 March 2021


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm GMT