| Andrew J. Newman

Andrew J. Newman


Reader in Islamic Studies and Persian; Director, Graduate School, School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures


University of Edinburgh


Dr Newman holds a BA in History, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA, and an MA and PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Dr Newman joined IMES in 1996, having been a Research Fellow at both the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford and Green College, Oxford, whilst researching topics in the history of Islamic medicine.

Dr Newman's interests include the history of Twelver Shi'ism, the history of Islamic law, hadith studies, the evolution of the legal bases of Islamic medical theory and practice, the history of Iran and Persian language and literature, and modern Arabic literature.

Selected Publications


Safavid Iran: Rebirth of a Persian Empire
(London: I. B. Tauris, 2006). Winner, International Book of the Year Prize, Iran, 2008.

The Formative Period of Period of Shi’i Law: Hadith as Discourse Between Qum and Baghdad (Richmond: Curzon, 2000.

Society and Culture in the Early Modern Middle East, Studies on Iran in the Safavid Period (Leiden: Brill, 2003). Islamic Medical Wisdom: the Tibb al-A’imma, Batool Ispahany, transl., (London: Muhammadi Trust, 1991).

Articles and Book Chapters

‘Clerical Perceptions of Sufi Practices in Late 17th Century Persia, II: al-Ḥurr al-`Amilī (d. 1693) and the Debate on the Permissibility of Ghinā’ in, Y. Suleiman, ed., Living Islamic History: Studies in Honour of Professor Carole Hillenbrand, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010, 192-207.

‘The Vezir and the Mulla: a late Safavid period debate on Friday prayer’, in M. Bernardini, M. Haneda and M. Szuppe, eds., Études sur L’Iran Médiéval et Moderne Offertes à Jean Calmard, Eurasian Studies, v. 1-2 (2006), 237-69.

‘Between Qum and the West: The Occultation According to al-Kulayni and al-Katib al-Nu’mani’ in F. Daftary, ed., Culture and Memory in Medieval Islam: Essays in Honour of Wilferd Madelung (London: I.B. Tauris, 2003), 94-108.

‘Baqir al-Majlisi and Islamicate Medicine: Safavid Medical Theory and Practice Re-examined’, in A. J. Newman, ed., Society and Culture in the Early Modern Middle East, Studies on Iran in the Safavid Period (Leiden: Brill, 2003), 371-96.

‘Fayd al-Kashani and the Rejection of the Clergy/State Alliance: Friday Prayer as Politics in the Safavid Period’, in The Most Learned of the Shi’a, L. Walbridge, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001), pp. 34-52.

‘Clerical Perceptions of Sufi Practices in Late Seventeenth-Century Persia: Arguments Over the Permissibility of Singing (Ghina)’, in L. Lewisohn and D. Morgan, eds., The Heritage of Sufism, Vol. III: Late Classical Persianate Sufism: the Safavid and Mughal Period (1501-1750), (Oxford, 1999), pp. 135-64.

‘The Role of the Sadat in Safavid Iran: Confrontation or Accommodation?’, Oriento Moderno (Rome), XVIII (LXXIX), n.s., ii/1999, pp. 577-96.

‘Sufism and Anti-Sufism in Safavid Iran: The Authorship of the “Hadiqat al-Shi’a” Revisited ‘, IRAN, XXXVII (1999), pp. 95-108 (refereed).

‘The Myth of the Clerical Migration to Safawid Iran: Arab Shi’ite Opposition to Ali al-Karaki and Safawid Shi’ism’, Die Welt des Islams, Vol. 33 (1993), 66-112.

‘The Nature of the Akhbari/Usuli in Late-Safawid Iran. Part Two: The Conflict Reassessed’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 55, ii (1992), 250-261.

 ‘The Nature of the Akhbari/Usuli Dispute in Late-Safawid Iran. Part One: Abdallah al-Samahiji’s “Munyat al-Mumirisin” ‘, BSOAS, Vol. 55, i (1992), 22-51.

‘Towards a Reconsideration of the Isfahan School of Philosophy: Shaykh Baha’i and the Role of the Safawid Ulama’, Studia Iranica (Paris), Tome 15, fasc. 2 (1986), 165 199.


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