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.

Returning Fighters from Conflict Zones: Challenges and Capacities

Published: August 28, 2017

The crisis in Syria — together with the broader escalation in Islamist militancy, proxy wars, and shifting political alignments — has radically altered the regional map. The “Islamic State” has exerted control over swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, attracting thousands of fighters from different nationalities who answered the call of a self-proclaimed “Caliph.” […]

ISIS, Its Siblings, and Their Parallels: Ideology, “Takfir,” Texts

Published: August 01, 2017

In its 123rd monthly book (March 2017), Al-Mesbar Center pursues its research into the phenomenon of “Da’esh” further by attempting to dissect the narratives the group has adopted and used. Our book focuses on the ideological development of Dae’sh and the history of the relationship between it and Al Qaeda, in light of a discourse that tried to […]

Muslims in Australia: History and Policies of Multiculturalism

Published: March 05, 2017

Western academic circles and think tanks have taken interest in Islamic studies and various Muslim minorities in Europe and America. In the last decade, scholarship on Muslim diaspora communities increased due to a variety of factors, among them mass migration, concerns of growing terrorism following the September 11, 2001 attacks, and Europe’s wariness regarding some […]

Contemporary Slavery as Instituted by Terrorist Groups in Iraq and Syria

Published: February 17, 2017

As international media coverage of the “Islamic State” has consistently shown, the organization uses Islamic jurisprudential rulings more than a thousand years old to justify the enslavement of women and children today. This human tragedy goes far beyond the realm of ISIS, moreover: It has become a mainstay of contemporary jihadist groups as they emerge […]