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Mohammad Magout

Mohammad Magout, Dr.

  • SNF-Projekt-Mitarbeiter
+41 44 634 20 57


Since 2023: SNF-project staff: Fragmented Sovereignties in the Colonial Age: ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jazāʾirī (1808-1883) and the Making of an “Arab Hero”

2016-2020: Senior Researcher, HCAS "Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities"

2018-2019: Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Orient-Institut Beirut (Lebanon)

2016: Doctoral dissertation thesis defended, Institute of Oriental Studies, Leipzig University (Germany)

2011-2016: PhD Candidate, Research Training Group „Religious Non-Conformism and Cultural Dynamics“, Leipzig University (Germany)

2010: MA Muslim Cultures, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University, London (UK)

2006: BA Mathematics, University of Damascus (Syria)

Areas of interest

  • The Arabic press in the 19th century
  • Secularity in the Arab world
  • Sociology of Islam
  • Contemporary Ismailism


Magout, Mohammad: A Reflexive Islamic Modernity: Academic Knowledge and Religious Subjectivity in the Global Ismaili Community. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2020.

Magout, Mohammad: “Secularity in the Syro-Lebanese Press in the 19th Century.” In: Companion to the Study of Secularity. Edited by HCAS “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”, 2019.

Magout, Mohammad: “Transnationalizing Multiple Secularities: A Comparative Study of the Global Ismaՙili Community.” In: Islamicate Secularities in Past and Present. Ed. by Markus Dressler, Armando Salvatore and Monika Wohlrab-Sahr. Special issue, Historical Social Research 44, 3 (2019), 150-79.

Magout, Mohammad and Julia Heilen. “Conference Report: Workshop Muslim Secularities: Explorations into Concepts of Distinction and Practice of Differentiation, Leipzig University (18-20 June 2017).” In: Zeitschrift für Recht und Islam 9 (2017), 326-29.

Magout, Mohammad. “Ismaili Discourse on Religion in the Public Sphere: Culture as a Mediating Concept”. In: Muslims in the UK and Europe. Ed. by Yasir Suleiman. Cambridge, 2015, 140-49.