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.

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 […]

Transformations in Political Islamist Rhetoric in Saudi Arabia: From “Caliphate” to “Law”

Published: February 16, 2016

Al Mesbar’s 109th monthly book, for January 2016, addresses transformations in religio-political discourse in the Gulf after the 2011-’12 Arab upheavals, with particular attention to Saudi Arabia. Some analysts in the Arab region seek to draw a distinction between, on the one hand, religion as a representation of values that remain fixed through changing circumstances; […]

Pluralism in the Gulf and Neighboring States: Realities and Prospects

Published: January 10, 2016

Al-Mesbar’s 107th monthly book, for November 2015, provides a comparative examination of how ethnic and religious pluralism is “managed” in various parts of the Arab region, including areas not often scrutinized by international researchers. It is the first in a two-volume series: This one examines Iraq, the Gulf, and Yemen. (The volume to come will […]

Turkey: Terrorism and Influential Minorities

Published: November 01, 2015

Al-Mesbar’s 106th monthly book examines the current climate in Turkey following the recent parliamentary elections. It asks how the election results will effect the status of political Islam, together with other important issues in Turkey, including the ruling AKP’s handling of religious minorities, its inscrutable stances on the Kurdish and Armenian questions, the shifting political […]