Mohammad Magout

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, October 2018 - August 2019

Before joining the OIB, Mohammad Magout was a senior researcher at The Multiple Secularities—Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies at Universität Leipzig, Germany. He completed his doctoral studies at the same university in 2016 with a dissertation entitled “Between Religion and Culture: Academic Discourse and Religious Subjectivity at Two Nizari Ismaili Institutions for Islamic Studies in London,” for which he was awarded the Katharina Windscheid Prize of the Research Academy Leipzig (2017). Mohammad holds an MA in Muslim Cultures (2010) from the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University, London, where he wrote his thesis about heavy metal music in Syria, and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Damascus (2006). His most recent publication entitled “Transnationalising Multiple Secularities: A Comparative Study of the Global Ismaili Community” will appear in Historical Social Research, Special Issue on “Muslim Secularities” (2019).

Journal Articles

Magout, Mohammad. 2019. “Transnationalizing Multiple Secularities: A Comparative Study of the Global Ismaili Community” in Historical Social Research, Special Issue “Muslim Secularities” [forthcoming]

Heilen, Julia and Mohammad Magout .2018. “Conference Report: Workshop ‘Muslim Secularities: Explorations into Concepts of Distinction and Practice of Differentiation’, Leipzig University”, Zeitschrift für Recht und Islam [forthcoming]

Book Chapters:

Magout, Mohammad .2019. "Between Societal and Internal Secularization: An Overview of Cultures of Secularity in Contemporary Nizari Ismaili Communities." In I. Akhtar (Ed.) Rāhē Najāt (The Path of Salvation): Religious and Social Dynamics of Mercantile Communities in the Western Indian Ocean, Festschrift for Françoise Mallison. Leiden: Brill, p. 37-54 [forthcoming]

Magout, Mohammad .2015. “Ismaili Discourse on Religion in the Public Sphere: Culture as a Mediating Concept” in Y. Suleiman (Ed.) Muslims in the UK and Europe I, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, p. 140-149; available at <>


Magout, Mohammad .2013. “Heavy Metal as Religion and Secularization as Ideology: A Sociological Approach”, The Religious Studies Project, 9 October; available at <>

Magout, Mohammad .2012. “Cultural Dynamics in the Syrian Uprising”, The annual conference of the Graduate Section of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, London, UK, 11 June; available at <>