This isn't going to be an exhaustive list of every book on a particular topic. Rather, you're likely to find a few classics, a few newer books, some contemporary core texts and a few things that are there just because they are a little removed from the norm.

The list and the categories will evolve and is by no means definitive. Please feel free to suggest any titles you think I'm missing


Communications, media and campaigning:

How to Win Campaigns: Communications for Change; Chris Rose

Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History; William Bernstein


Influence and mobilisation:

The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell

The Leaderless Revolution, Carne Ross

Revolution 2.0; Wael Ghonim 

Reveille for Radicals; Saul Alinsky


Middle East:

What's Really Wrong with the Middle East; Brian Whitaker

The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East; Marc Lynch

Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World; Nir Rosen

Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in the New Middle East; Shadi Hamid



Making Sense of Pakistan; Farzana Shaikh

The Idea of Pakistan; Stephen Cohen


Philosophy of public life in the Muslim world:

The Conference of the Books; Khaled Abou El Fadl