Books

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 […]

Major Muslim Crises: History, Memory, and Recruitment

Published: December 26, 2016

  Crises in human societies manifest in political, social, and religious dimensions. Mismanagement of such crises, however, compounds their impact on the affected societies and prolongs the tensions, while the precipitating factors — and the beneficiaries of such crises — are often skirted. Wars, violent turbulence, and sudden transformations also shape popular memory. To understand […]

Iran and the Maghreb States: The Shiite Question

Published: October 26, 2016

The phenomenon of Shi’ism in the Maghreb can be viewed from two angles: a cultural-religious angle and a political one. The first speaks to the motives behind conversion, whereas the second addresses the political exploitation of religious and sectarian identities. Al-Mesbar’s 115th book, for July 2016 — Iran and the Maghreb States: The Shiite Question […]

Opportunities and Challenges in the Arabian Gulf states – Volume II

Published: October 25, 2016

Opportunities and Challenges in the Arabian Gulf states (II), Al-Mesbar’s 116th book for August, 2016, sheds light on the most important political, economic and social issues that are now raised as challenges for GCC states, some of which were tackled in the first volume, published in April 2015. Arabian Gulf states were able to overcome […]

Yemen: from Imamate to “Decisive Storm”

Published: October 24, 2016

Yemen’s enduring internal fissures spread precipitously beginning in 2011, in a process that has brought about a cracked polity ruled by a weak and devastated state that has not collapsed but is not stable. In this environment, separatists, terrorists, revolutionaries, insurgents, sectarians, and tribalists have all expanded their activities and together filled the political vacuum […]

Islam in Europe: Integration Dilemmas, Terrorist Challenges

Published: May 24, 2016

Muslims in Europe hail from diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. Managing such diversity is not an easy task. Further complicating the issue is the sense of isolation shared among second and third generation immigrants and the rise of Islamist sentiments. This isolation has only been exacerbated by the rise in Islamophobia, which holds all […]

Religious Police II: States, Institutions, Revolutions

Published: April 10, 2016

The 111th edition of Al-Mesbar’s monthly book series picks up where the prior volume left off in its coverage of the Hisba, or Islamic religious police — Religious Police II: States, Institutions, Revolutions. Volume 110 had examined how the likes of ISIS and Boko Haram, thriving in failed and failing states across the Arab and […]