Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Research Seminar
Tuesday 8th December 2015
Reading against the grain: examples of the use and re-use of the Shi’a text
Dr. Andrew Newman – University of Edinburgh
Venue: Simon Building – Lecture Room 3 (3.40). Brunswick Street, Manchester, M13 9PL
Dr. Andrew Newman joined the Islamic and Middles East Studies department at University of Edinburgh in1996. His research interests are: the history of Twelver Shi’ism, Islamic Law, Hadith studies, legal bases of Islamic medical theory and practice, this histories and literatures of Iran and the Middle East. He has just published a volume on the history and development of Twelver Shi‘ism to the end of the Safawid period (901-1135/1501-1722). Future projects include a volume on prominent figures of the Safawid period, a volume on the Safawids as empire, and further research into early Twelver Shi‘i history, doctrine and practice.
Dr Newman is the founder and moderator of ‘Shii News’ which serves more than 570 academics and non-academics across the world who are interested in all forms of Shi‘ism, Shi‘i expression and study. He is Section Editor for History of Iran in the third series of Encyclopedia of Islam as well as ‘Chercheur Associé’ (Associate Scholar) of the CNRS (UMR 7528 Mondes Iranien et Indien), Paris. He is a Member of the Founding Editorial Board of the ‘Islamic Studies’ section of Oxford Bibliographies Online.
Ruth Abou Rached
PhD Researcher – Translation and Intercultural Studies ,
CTIS – Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies,
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Culture, University of Manchester
Assistant Academic Activities Coordinator – Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) Manchester