My name is Mohammad Magout. I have recently finished my PhD studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany in the field of religious studies and currently I am a research fellow at the Multiple Secularities research-college at the same university. This blog, however, is not concerned specifically with my formal research interests. It is rather my own reflections on topics that I find personally interesting or intellectually stimulating. These topics, as the title of my blog suggests, revolve around religion, culture, and society in the broadest sense. More specifically, I am interested in how religious faith takes shape in our contemporary world and how it influences culture and politics (and vice versa). I also take interest in popular culture, especially heavy metal music and hip hop, along with some genres of film and literature (often when religion or politics are involved). The nice thing about social sciences is that it makes you look at everything happening in society as something you can reflect on or talk about.