Candace Mixon

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Candace Mixon's current work examines visual culture (e.g., figurative religious images, such as those of the Prophet Muhammad and his family) and materiality (e.g., physical objects used in ritual practice) in order to interrogate how images, art, and objects do play an important role in Muslim devotional practices. Her research focuses specifically on images, objects, and rituals within the context of contemporary Shi’a Muslim practices in Iran. Her dissertation project, entitled, “Mother of Her Father: Contemporary Devotion to Fatima al-Zahra in Iran,” is based on materials and resources collected in Mashhad, Iran. This dissertation breaks new ground in contemporary Iranian religious history by analyzing material artifacts in order to understand Fatima’s changing role in Shi’a religious practice in the period after the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) through the present.

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While she is here at Dartmouth, she will be teaching Religion 8, Introduction to Islam (Identical to AMES 8) and Religion 28.04, Gender in Islam (Identical to WGSS 43.06) in the Winter 2019 Term, and Religion 19.28, Material Religion, and Religion 27, The Qur'an & the Prophet, in the Spring 2019 Term.

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206 Thornton Hall
HB 6036
B.A. Vanderbilt University
M.A. McGill University
Ph.D. candidate. UNC, Chapel Hill

Selected publications

"Who Am I? Merely a Player." In Fabricating Identities, ed. Russell McCutcheon (Equinox, 2017)

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