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Dr Simon Mabon


Simon Mabon

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594253

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. 


PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising projects on the following areas: International Relations of the Middle East, International Relations of the Persian Gulf, Sovereignty - and its challenges - in the Middle East, Irredentism, Political Violence, religion and the state, soft power, and legitimacy.

Current Teaching

Additional Information

I have discussed international affairs and Middle Eastern politics with BBC News, BBC World, CNN, Al Jazeera CNBC, Sky News, ABC Australia, TRT Turkey, France24, Russia Today, Deutsche Welle, Al Arabiya, BBC 5 live, LBC, BBC local affiliates, Radio Luxembourg, ABC Australia, CBC Canada, KFPA - California, and Newstalk ZB, New Zealand. 

I am a passionate tweeter (@drmabon), avid snowboarder, Arsenal fan, and musician. 

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