Erfan Saidi

  • Anthropology Ph.D. Student
  • Anthropology
(859) 257-2710
Research Interests:
Ph.D. student, Anthropology, University of Kentucky
M.A., Anthropology, Islamic Azad University, 2012
B.A., Music, University of Tehran, 2005
I am a third-year Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology working under the supervision of Dr. Diane E. King.
My areas of interest include the anthropology of religion, politics, and identity in the Middle East, with a focus on Iran.
My research interests concern the recent transformation of the ritual of Ashura under the influence of, and as impacted by, external and internal cultural factors. The mourning ceremony of Ashura is one of the most significant rites among Shi’i Muslims in Iran. I plan to examine how the performance of the Ashura ritual has changed under the influence of globalization and new technologies emanating from outside Iran. I am also interested in how the ritual is locally politicized. 

ANT 160 - Cultural Diversity in the Modern World


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