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Fatimid Rejection of ghuluww. Outlines of the Kitāb al-Kashf attributed to Jaʿfar b. Mansūr al-Yaman

8 мая 2018
The Institute of Ismaili Studies
210 Euston Road
United Kingdom

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Event date and time: Tuesday 8 May at 4pm (BST)


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 caliphateinfo-icon’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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Dr Fârès Gillon

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 Amirinfo-icon-Moezzi and Dr. Daniel De Smet. His dissertation consisted of an annotated French translation of the Kitāb al-Kashf. He has a broad interest in Shīʿī Studies, and in the relation between orthodox and heterodox movements and doctrines in Shīʿism, with a specific focus on medieval Ismāʿīlism. He also works on the religious aspects of Greek Neoplatonism, and especially on the thought of Proclus. He is currently Research Associate, Laboratoire d’Études sur les Monothéismes, with the French National Research Center (CNRS, Paris).