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Zahra Khoshk Jan B.A. University of Isfahan, 2000
M.A. University of Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, 2004
Ph.D. University of Tehran, 2013
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Political sociology, sociology of religion, qualitative research, Iran’s studies

Visiting Assistant Professor

Zahra Khoshk Jan’s primary approach (in research and study) is social constructionism. Accordingly, her main field of research is “the political sociology of religion,” a multidisciplinary field concentrating on the relationship between religious and political constructions. She is also interested in qualitative research methods (discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, and The Grounded Theory Method), especially in studies regarding the interactions between religion and political issues.


Recent Research / Recent Publications

Selected Publications

Khoshk Jan, Zahra. 2023. "Sacred Suffering and the Construction of Political Spirituality in the Iranian Shiism Discourse." Journal of Critical Research on Religion.

Khoshk Jan, Zahra. 2022. "Salvation in a Palace: Luxurious Representation of Political Spirituality in Iran." International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage.

2020. Social Constructionism and the Issue of Meaning. Tehran, Iran: Kavir Pub. [In Persian] 

2017. Sacred Suffering in the Meaning System of Shiite and Judaism. Tehran, Iran: Kavir Pub. [In Persian]

2017. "The Meaning System and Social Functions of Religious Mourning in Iranian Shiism." Journal of the Political Sociology of Islam World. [In Persian] 

Khoshk Jan, Zahra. 2015. "Pilgrimage and its Dual Functions in Iranian Shiite." International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage.