Every month since its founding in 2007, Al-Mesbar Center has published “The Monthly Book,” a full-length volume of research in Arabic, on a topic of pressing concern to the region’s decision makers — complete with granular findings from primary sources largely unavailable elsewhere. Now, for readers of English, the Center presents a description of the content of each book, searchable by topic, country, and subregion of the Muslim world. For information about subscribing to the Monthly Book, acquiring prior volumes, or commissioning full translations, contact us.

Sunni Islamism in Lebanon

Published: November 01, 2008

In its 22nd monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center deals with the pressures facing the Sunni community in Lebanon after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri in 2005. This is a topic that calls for a deep reading of the Sunni Muslims in this  country that is so threatened by sectarianism, especially […]


Published: November 01, 2008

In its 23rd monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center explores “Safavism.” The issue focuses on the historical background, when the Safavid state entered into a long conflict with Sunni Islam, which was represented by Turkey. That conflict still haunts the Islamic consciousness—in addition to the other wars between the Safavid and Ottoman states, which […]

Al-Qaeda: The Formation

Published: November 01, 2008

Why did Al-Qaeda appear? And why did it vanish? Why did it split into local groups? Why did specialized centers—like those that study security, political science, foreign affairs, or Arabic—intensify their research on Islam after September 11, 2001? Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center tackles these questions in its 24th monthly book, Al-Qaeda: The Formation. Carlo Masala […]

The ‘Islamic Group’ in Egypt

Published: September 01, 2008

In its 21st monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center examines the shifts of the “Islamic Group” (“Al-Gama’a al-Islamiya”) in Egypt, which moved from the far right to the far left. Moreover, this issue focuses on the Group’s ideas and on the details of its inception and mobility. Mohammed Abu Zeid traces the evolution of […]

The New Preachers

Published: May 01, 2008

In its 17th monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center sheds light on The New Preachers, a phenomenon new to the modern Arab Islamic scene that occupies considerable religious, social, economic, and even political space, and that has sparked controversy since its emergence one century ago. Patrick Hine studies the environment that produced the new […]