Dr Simon Mabon


Research Overview

My research interests fall within the International Relations of the Middle East and are driven by the interaction of three themes: Religion and Legitimacy; Contested Sovereignty; and Political Violence. I am especially interested in the following areas:

  • Sovereignty in the Middle East
  • Sectarianism
  • Political Islam(s)
  • The post Arab Uprisings Middle East
  • Gulf politics
  • Gulf security
  • State-society relations

My current research explores the interaction of these themes. My next monograph will explore the fragmentation of state-society relations in the post Arab Uprisings Middle East.

Locating terrorism studies
Mabon, S. 2015 In: Terrorism and political violence. London : Sage
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Saudi Arabia, Iran and geopolitical change in the Middle East
Mabon, S.P. 2015
Other contribution

Terrorism and political violence
Kennedy - Pipe, C., Clubb, G., Mabon, S. 2015 Sage. 328 p.
Scholarly edition

Constructing sectarianisms and conflict in the Middle East
Mabon, S. 2014
Other contribution

The Middle Eastern 'great game'
Mabon, S. 2014
Other contribution

Aiding revolution?: Wikileaks, communication and the 'Arab Spring' in Egypt
Mabon, S. 16/12/2013 In: Third World Quarterly. 34, 10, p. 1843-1857. 15 p.
Journal article

A 'new hope' as the 'empire strikes back': British soft power in 2013
Mabon, S. 2013
Other contribution

Bahrain: between geopolitical and humanitarian concerns
Mabon, S. 2013
Other contribution

Saudi Arabia and Iran: soft power rivalry in the Middle East
Mabon, S. 2013 London : I. B. Tauris. 298 p. ISBN: 9781780763118.

Saudi Arabia, 'new media' and UK relations with the kingdom
Mabon, S. 2013
Other contribution

Kingdom in crisis: Saudi Arabia, instability and the Arab Spring
Mabon, S. 2012 In: Contemporary Security Policy. 33, 3, p. 530-553. 24 p.
Journal article

The battle for Bahrain: Iranian-Saudi rivalry
Mabon, S. 2012 In: Middle East Policy. 19, 2, p. 84-97. 14 p.
Journal article