Dr Simon Mabon

Lecturer

Research Overview

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

  • Sovereignty and its challenges
  • Sectarianism
  • Political Islam(s)
  • The Arab Uprisings
  • The role of religion in political structures
  • Regime-society relations
  • Formal and informal structures and their impact upon agency
  • Giorgio Agamben
  • International Political Theory and its application to the Middle East

My current research explores the interaction of these themes in the post Arab Uprisings Middle East. My next monograph will explore the fragmentation of state-society relations in the post Arab Uprisings Middle East using the ideas of Giorgio Agamben and Hannah Arendt.

The Circle of Bare Life: Hizballah, Muqawamah and Rejecting ? Being Thus?
Mabon, S.P. 05/2017 In: Politics, Religion and Ideology. 18, 1, p. 1-22. 22 p.
Journal article

Sovereignty, bare life and the Arab Uprisings
Mabon, S.P. 15/03/2017 In: Third World Quarterly. 18 p.
Journal article

The origins of ISIS: the collapse of nations and revolutions in the Middle East
Mabon, S.P., Royle, S. 30/11/2016 London : I. B. Tauris. 256 p. ISBN: 9781784536961.
Book

Nationalist Jahiliyyah and the Flag of the Two Crusaders, or: ISIS, Sovereignty, and the Owl of Minerva
Mabon, S.P. 9/11/2016 In: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.
Journal article

Contested spaces and sectarian narratives in post: uprising Bahrain
Kasbarian, S., Mabon, S.P. 8/11/2016 In: Global Discourse. 6, 4, p. 677-696. 20 p.
Journal article

People, sects and states: interrogating sectarianism in the contemporary Middle East
Mabon, S.P., Ardovini, L. 8/11/2016 In: Global Discourse. 6, 4, p. 551-560. 10 p.
Journal article

An introduction to the Global Discourse annual book review competition 2015
Garnett, M.A., Macleod, C., Mabon, S.P., Johnson, M.T., Kapur, S. 12/02/2016 In: Global Discourse. 6, 1-2, 4 p.
Editorial

Hezbollah: from Islamic resistance to government
Worrall, J., Mabon, S.P., Clubb, G. 30/11/2015 London : Praeger. 224 p. ISBN: 9781440831348.
Book

Preventing violence against women: the case of Iraq
Mabon, S.P., Di Giorgi, L. 10/2015 Foreign Policy Centre. 5 p.
Commissioned report

The moral and the strategic: the UK’s response to the Syrian crisis
Mabon, S.P. 09/2015 Foreign Policy Centre. 5 p.
Commissioned report

ISIS: sectarianism, geopolitics and strong/weak horses
Mabon, S.P. 10/04/2015 In: E-International Relations.
Journal article

Daesh, geopolitics and the resurgence of Pan Arabism?
Mabon, S.P., Ardovini, L. 03/2015 Foreign Policy Centre. 5 p.
Commissioned report

L'Arabie saoudite, l'Iran et la géopolitique changeante du Moyen-Orient
Mabon, S.P. 2015 In: Institut Europeen de la Mediterranee . 46
Journal article

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

Saudi Arabia and Iran: power and rivalry in the Middle East
Mabon, S.P. 2015 London : I. B. Tauris. 312 p. ISBN: 9781784534660.
Book

Saudi Arabia, Iran and geopolitical change in the Middle East
Mabon, S.P. 2015 Foreign Policy Centre.
Commissioned report

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

IS, regional security and the end of Sykes-Picot?
Mabon, S.P., Royle, S. 08/2014 Foreign Policy Centre. 6 p.
Commissioned report

Constructing sectarianisms and conflict in the Middle East
Mabon, S. 2014 Foreign Policy Centre. 4 p.
Commissioned report

The Middle Eastern 'great game'
Mabon, S. 2014 Foreign Policy Centre. 4 p.
Commissioned report

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 Foreign Policy Centre. 3 p.
Commissioned report

Bahrain: between geopolitical and humanitarian concerns
Mabon, S. 2013 Foreign Policy Centre. 4 p.
Commissioned report

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

Saudi Arabia, 'new media' and UK relations with the kingdom
Mabon, S. 2013 Foreign Policy Centre. 4 p.
Commissioned report

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