Andrew Newman is a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, where he teaches courses on Shi’a Islam, the history of Islamic medicine, modern Persian literature, and Middle Eastern Studies. Newman is also the founder and moderator of “Shii News”, an email list that serves more than 470 academics and non-academics across the world who are interested in all forms of Shi’ism and their study both past and present. Prior to his arrival at Edinburgh, Newman was a Research Fellow at both University of Oxford’s Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine and Green College whilst researching topics in the history of Islamic medicine. He holds a BA in History from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude, as well as MA and PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Newman is presently completing both a book on the history and development of Twelver Shi’ism and other research projects, which address how prominent Twelver scholars viewed and made use of the faith’s earlier history.