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.

Sufism in Iraq

Published: November 01, 2012

In its 72nd monthly volume, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center examines Sufism in Iraq. Mohammad Fadel Ibrahim Hamadi sheds light on Kasanzania Sufis from the perspectives of its people, sheikhdom, and institutions. He points out that interaction between science and Sufism is a constant truth for leading Sufi Sheikh Mohammad Al-Kasanzan. Researcher Ala’a Mohsen Hammoud […]

Western Governments and Political Islam After 2011

Published: October 01, 2012

In its 70th monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center examines foreign governments’ attitudes toward the Arab Spring, since it broke out in Tunisia and several Arab countries; Islamist uprisings; and the ensuing dramatic revolutions. The issue also explains a new Western attitude toward the events of the Arab Spring, starting with U.S. Secretary of […]

Post-Qaddafi Libya

Published: October 01, 2012

In its 71st monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center addresses Post-Qaddafi Libya, with a special focus on the history of Islamist groups there; an analysis of the current situation, as well as of the turmoil Libya witnessed during the revolution that led it to the brink of a civil war; and a look at […]

The Arabian Gulf and the Arab Spring: Religion and Policy

Published: September 01, 2012

In its 69th monthly volume, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center examines the effects of the “Arab Spring” on Islamists in the Gulf, especially in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, and how Salafists in Saudi Arabia and other countries are adapting to the changes. The issue includes questions about Qataris’ adoption of Wahhabism and a […]

Copts After January 25

Published: August 01, 2012

In its 68th monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center discusses the fates of religious minorities after the Arab Spring revolutions—and after political Islamic groups took authority. The issue focuses on the Egyptian Christians—“Copts”—the largest minority in the Arab world. Dr. Ali Leila discusses Coptic civilization and history, and provides statistics showing Copts’ geographical distribution […]

Religious Minorities After the Arab Spring

Published: July 01, 2012

In its 67th monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center looks at the religious minorities who are governed by Islamist parties in Iran, Turkey, Sudan, Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya. The edition starts with a study by Dr. Rita Faraj on minority and majority life in contemporary Islam and on dynamic jurisprudence, “Fiqh.” Abd Al-Hussein Shaaban […]

Islamists and Democracy

Published: May 01, 2012

In its 65 monthly volume, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center presents articles on Islamists and democracy written before and after the Arab Spring. Professor Khaled Abu Al-Fadl explores principles common to both democracy and Islam, and discusses challenging issues, such as Allah’s authority, law, culture, and individual rights. Mostafa Lotfi explores the ideological grounds that […]

Mysticism and Modernism in the Maghreb

Published: April 01, 2012

In its 64th monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center examines the religious state—balancing religion and policy and struggling against extremism, especially in Morocco and Algeria. The issue also explores the relationships between Sufism — the mystical strand in Islam — and the authority of the state. Abd Al-Hadi A’rab studies the Eastern angle and its […]

Al-Qaeda After Bin Laden

Published: March 01, 2012

In its 63rd monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center explores the condition of Al-Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden: Will Al-Qaeda survive and remain in the battlefield, or will it hide now that its founder is dead? This issue is especially important as U.S. troops leave Iraq and NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan. […]

The Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Plan: Salafis, Liberals, Shi’ites

Published: February 01, 2012

In its 62nd monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center explores Tunisia’s Islamic, Salafi, Sufi, and liberal movements, among others, and presents several points of view about the state’s future under the potential control of such groups. Ali Bin Mubarak looks at the role of liberal Islamists after the revolution in creating a rational and liberal […]