The volume comprises a collection of 20 of the 43 papers presented at the Third International Round Table on Safavid Persia, held at the University of Edinburgh in August, 1998 and edited by the Round Table's organiser. The Third Round Table, the largest of the series to date, continued the emphasis of its predecessors on understanding and appreciating the legacy of the Safavid period by means of exchanges between both established and 'newer' scholars drawn from a variety of fields to facilitate an exchange of ideas, information, and methodologies across a broad range of academic disciplines between scholars from diverse disciplines and research backgrounds with a common interest in the history and culture of this period of Iran's history.
Andrew J. Newman, Ph.D. (1987) in Islamic Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, is Lecturer in Islamic Studies and Persian at the University of Edinburgh. He has published many articles on Shi'ism in the Safavid period. He is also author of
The Formative Period of Period of Shi'i Law: Hadith as Discourse Between Qum and Baghdad (Curzon, 2000).
The volume contains papers authored by scholars drawn from a wide variety of fields and academic disciplines and thus introduces and utilises a wide variety of ideas, information and research agendas. It will therefore be of interest to scholars of Iranian history and culture as well as students of early modern Middle Eastern history and culture more generally. The volume will be of special international appeal as it includes contributions from scholars based in Russia and Asia, a number of European countries, the UK and the USA, and Iran.