Dr Simon Mabon

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

My work falls somewhere within the intersection of Middle East Studies and (International) Polital Theory. I am particularly interested in sovereignty, space, and nomos. Putting such concepts to work, I am currently exploring the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran and how it shapes the Middle East. This research is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, in a project entitled Sectarianism, Proxies and De-Sectarianisation.

Broadly speaking I am interested in the following areas

  • Sovereignty
  • Saudi - Iranian rivalry
  • The nomos
  • Sectarianism
  • Political Islam(s)
  • The Arab Uprisings
  • Resistance
  • Religion in political structures
  • Regime-society relations
  • International Political Theory and its application to the Middle East, particularly the work of Giorgio Agamben and Hannah Arendt

I am currently working on two book projects: The first, Houses Built On Sand (forthcoming with Manchester University Press) explores the fragmentation of state-society relations in the post Arab Uprisings Middle East using the ideas of Giorgio Agamben and Hannah Arendt. The second, The Struggle For Supremacy (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press) looks at the impact of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran across the Middle East.

Saudi-Iranian Relations after the Rise of Mohammad Bin Salman
Mabon, S.P. 17/07/2018 In: E-International Relations.
Journal article

Fundamentalism: examining the role of public reason in ‘non-liberal’ approaches to ‘unreasonable’ doctrines
Johnson, M.T., Mabon, S.P. 9/03/2018 In: Australian Journal of Political Science. 53, 2, p. 195-210. 16 p.
Journal article

The Copenhagen School Goes Global: Securitisation in the Non-West
Kapur, S., Mabon, S.P. 23/02/2018 In: Global Discourse. 8, 1, 4 p.
Editorial

Sovereign implications of securitisation work
Mabon, S.P. 16/02/2018 In: Global Discourse. 8, 1, p. 155-156. 2 p.
Journal article

Existential threats and regulating life: securitization in the contemporary Middle East
Mabon, S.P. 15/02/2018 In: Global Discourse. 8, 1, p. 42-58. 17 p.
Journal article

Nationalist Jahiliyyah and the Flag of the Two Crusaders, or: ISIS, Sovereignty, and the Owl of Minerva
Mabon, S.P. 11/2017 In: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 40, 11, p. 966-985. 20 p.
Journal article

British Foreign Policy Since 1945
Garnett, M.A., Mabon, S.P., Smith, R. 7/08/2017 London : Routledge. 358 p. ISBN: 9781138821293.
Book

Sovereignty, bare life and the Arab Uprisings
Mabon, S.P. 08/2017 In: Third World Quarterly. 38, 8, p. 1782-1799. 18 p.
Journal article

Muting the trumpets of sabotage: Saudi Arabia, the US and the quest to securitize Iran
Mabon, S.P. 11/07/2017 In: British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 18 p.
Journal article

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

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

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

Think Tanks and Foreign Policy in the United Kingdom
Garnett, M.A., Mabon, S.P. 9/09/2016 In: Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geopolitics. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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