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Assistant Professor of HIstory, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Noor Zaidi is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She completed her PhD in 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation entitled, “Making Spaces Sacred: The Sayyeda Zaynab and Bibi Pak Daman Shrines and the Construction of Modern Shi’a Identity,” which explores the evolution of pilgrimage to two female shrines in Syria and Pakistan. She is currently working on a new manuscript on sites of sectarianization in Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist Iraq, which explores shrines, prisons, and homes as sites of memory- making and the construction of an of an identity of resistance amongst the Shi’a Muslim community of Iraq.


  • –present
    Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore