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)

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

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

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

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