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Edith Szanto

  • Assistant Professor
  • The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
  • 3PublicationsNumber of items in Edith's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 1Followers


Edith Szanto is an Assistant Professor at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, where she teaches Middle Eastern History, Western Civilization, Comparative World Religions, and Islam. Edith received her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto in 2012. Her dissertation examined Twelver Shi'i practices in Syria, where she spent three years as a Fulbrighter researching popular Islamic practices and working for the UN. Her current project examines Sufism in Iraqi Kurdistan. Edith Szanto's primary research interests include: Twelver Shi'ism, Sufism, Gender, and the Anthropology of Islam.

Followers (1)

Publications (3)

  • Beyond the Karbala Paradigm: Rethinking Revolution and Redemption in Twelver Shi‘a Mourning Rituals

    • Edith Szanto
  • Contesting Fragile Saintly Traditions: Miraculous Healing among Twelver Shi‘is in Contemporary Syria

    • Edith Szanto
  • Illustrating an Islamic Childhood in Syria: PiousSubjects and Religious Authority in Twelver Shi’i Children’s Books

    • Edith Szanto

Professional experience

Assistant Professor

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

September 2011 - Present



University of Toronto

September 2005 - September 2011(6 years)