Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani

Philosopher, Deceased Person

0996 – 1021


Who was Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani?

Hamid al–Din Abu’l–Hasan Ahmad b. ‘Abdallah al–Kirmani was an Isma'ili scholar who served as a da'i, theologian and philosopher under the Fatimid caliph-imam al-Hakim bi Amr Allah. He was called upon to refute the dissident da'is, who by proclaiming al-Hakim's divinity had initiated the Druze movement.

A prominent Ismaili da’i or missionary, he was one of the most learned Ismaili theologians and philosophers of the Fatimid period. Al-Kirmani rose to prominence during the reign of Fatimid Caliph-Imam al-Hakim.

Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani’s date of birth remains unknown, but he seems to have spent the greater part of his life as a Fatimid da’i in Baghdad and Basra.

The central headquarters of the Fatimid da’wa in Cairo considered him as the most learned Ismaili theologian of the time. It was in that capacity that al-Kirmani played an important role in refuting the extremist ideas of some of the da’is. Al-Kirmani was summoned in 1014 or shortly earlier to Cairo where he produced several works to disclaim the extremist doctrines. Al-Kirmani’s writings, which were widely circulated, were to some extent successful in checking the spread of the extremist doctrines.

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on July 23, 2013


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