‘Shii News and Resources’ is a web-based resource for the study of and news about Shii communities past and present. All forms of Shiism are worthy of attention herein.
The site has grown out of the ‘Shii News’ listserver which sent out its first email on 2 February 2009. The service now sends emails to more than 750 academics and non-academics world-wide.
The ‘Knowledge Transfer Fund’ of the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Edinburgh kindly provided the financial support for the development of the website and colleagues from the Web Development Team of the University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences very kindly provide all technical expertise.
Three sets of emails are sent out on a regular basis: ‘academic items’ which contains general information about events in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies including calls for papers, job positions, notices of workshops and conferences, publications of general interest, etc; ‘field specific (academic)’ contains news of publications, conferences and workshops, calls for papers, etc that specifically relate to Shii Studies; and, finally ‘news’ about the Shii community worldwide, especially where the Shia are in a minority. The site does not cover items relating to Iran, Iraq and Lebanon and their internal politics, or the internal politics of any other country/region except insofar as these may affect local Shia.
Please do send news, information about relevant events of interest, useful websites and news of publications and other academic activities to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although the website is public, the email list used to send out items is a closed list. Those who wish to have their names added to the list must use the site’s ‘subscribe’ link at the bottom of the main page. Making sure to complete the information boxes to which you will be directed when you click that link will speed the subscription process.
Comments are always most welcome!
Professor A J Newman
Personal Chair in Islamic Studies and Persian
Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
19 George Square
The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh EH8 ILD