Mohammad Magout is a PhD candidate at the Research Training Group “Religious Nonconformism and Cultural Dynamics,” University of Leipzig, Germany. His doctoral research examines the relationship between religious belief and postgraduate education in social and Islamic sciences in Ismaili institutions of higher education in London. Additionally, he has carried out research about political culture and heavy metal music in Syria. He writes his personal reflections on a variety of topics on his blog, “Religion, Culture, and Society.”
"Social science, more than any other branch of science, is prone to the undesired influence of philosophical and ideological perspectives. The question is, then, how should social scientists deal with ideologically-infused theories without glossing over the ideologies behind them? I don’t have a straightforward answer to this question, but I can refer to Gauthier’s nuanced approach to studying neo-liberalism, which he outlines in his interview."