Dr. Edith Szanto

         Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

​    University of Alabama  


Goethe, "Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers"

If you inquire what the people are like here, 
I must answer, "The same as everywhere!"

Selected Works:

" 'Zoroaster was a Kurd!': Neo-Zoroastrianism among the Iraqi Kurds," Iran and the Caucasus 22 no. 1 (2018): 96-110. 

"Challenging transnational Shiʿi authority in Baʿth Syria," British Journal of Middle East Studies 45 no. 1 (2018): 95-110.

"Depicting Victims, Pawns and Heroines in the Syrian Uprising," Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 12 no. 3 (2016): 306-322.

"Sex and the Cemetery: Iranian Pilgrims, Shrine Visitation, and Shi‘i Piety in Damascus," Syrian Studies Association Bulletin 19 no. 2 (2014): 1-5.

"Beyond the Karbala Paradigm: Rethinking Revolution and Redemption in Twelver Shi‘a Mourning Rituals," Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies 6 no 1 (2013): 75-91. 

"Contesting Fragile Saintly Traditions: Miraculous Healing among Twelver Shi‘is in Contemporary Syria,” in Politics of Worship in the Contemporary Middle East: Sainthood in Fragile States, edited by Andreas Bandak and Mikkel Bille (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 33-52.  

"Sayyida Zaynab in the State of Exception: Shiʿi Sainthood as “Qualified Life" in Contemporary Syria," International Journal of Middle East Studies 44 no. 2 (2012): 285-299.

"Illustrating an Islamic Childhood in Syria: Pious Subjects and Religious Authority in Twelver Shi'i Children’s Books," Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 32 no. 2 (2012): 361-373.

"Inter-Religious Dialogue in Syria: Politics, Ethics and Miscommunication," Political Theology 9 no. 1 (2008): 93-113.