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.

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 […]

Political Islam and Jihadism in Egypt and Tunisia

Published: August 20, 2015

Al Mesbar Center’s 104th monthly book, Political Islam and Jihadism in Egypt and Tunisia (August 2015), examines the transformations in political Islam after the Arab Spring. The book focuses on Egypt and Tunisia, where Islamist groups demonstrated contrasting activities and approaches. The main objective of the volume is to assess the nature of these transformations […]

Debating Religious Education: History, Models, and Reform

Published: August 18, 2015

Al Mesbar’s 103th monthly book, published in July 2015, addresses one of the most vital issues in Arab and Muslim societies over the past few decades: religious education. Debating Religious Education: History, Models, and Reform tackles the differing methods of reforms in religious teaching adopted in various Arab countries, Turkey, and Iran on three different […]

Counterterrorism: Concepts, Strategies, Models

Published: July 08, 2015

Al Mesbar’s 102nd monthly book, Counterterrorism: Concepts, Strategies, Models, examines how terrorism is being confronted both internationally and inside the Arab world. The book explores differing approaches attempting to address religious extremism, all of which tend to begin with the premise that security measures alone do not constitute an effective means to eradicate the threat. […]

Islamists and “Social Depth” in the Arab World and Turkey

Published: May 28, 2015

Al Mesbar’s 101st monthly book addresses how Sunni and Shi’ite Islamist movements employ social institutions and agencies as a means to build popular support for their agendas. The studies include coverage of how the Muslim Brotherhood has established “social depth” in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, and elsewhere. The book also delves into these groups’ sources […]

The Arabian Gulf: Opportunities and Challenges

Published: April 01, 2015

The hundredth edition of Al Mesbar’s monthly book comes at a time of ambiguity in the Gulf: on the one hand, one of the most prosperous periods in the history of the Gulf Cooperation Council; on the other hand, a time of major upheaval throughout the region’s periphery. The significant rises in oil prices over the […]

Sacred Violence and Social Media Platforms

Published: March 15, 2015

Social media outlets have provided a further tool for violent groups to intensify the culture of extremism and recruit new followers. Radical religious movements have expanded into “new media,” and by consequence, governments in both the West and the Arab world face a new warfront in the battle of ideas to contain their influence in […]

Religion and Social Media Platforms

Published: February 03, 2015

In Al Mesbar Center’s ninety-eighth monthly book, Religion and Social Media Platforms, we attempt to answer some urgent questions on a topic of special concern to the region. It is the first of a two-part series, covering a relatively new phenomenon, essentially going back one decade. It is also a phenomenon with negative effects, namely […]