Prof. Tahir Abbas

Professor Tahir Abbas FRSA FAcSS holds the Chair in Radicalisation Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs in 2018. Previously, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, Professor of Sociology at Fatih Istanbul University, and a Reader (Associate Professor) in Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture at the University of Birmingham. He works in the area of sociology and critical terrorism studies, exploring various forms of "radicalisation". His recent book is Countering Violent Extremism (Bloomsbury-IB Tauris, 2021), which is a critique of policy and practise within this field. His previous book, Islamophobia and Radicalisation: A Vicious Cycle, was published by Hurst in London and co-published by Oxford University Press in New York in late 2019. It has been reviewed in Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Intercultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and The Times Literary Supplement. Other recent books include: Contemporary Turkey in Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), which has been reviewed in the British Journal of Middle Eastern StudiesInternational AffairsNew Perspectives on Turkey, and Turkish Studies. Recent peer-reviewed journal articles have appeared in Ethnic and Racial StudiesBritish Journal of Sociology of EducationCritical Social PolicyCritical Studies on Terrorism, Ethnicities, and Philosophy and Social CriticismHis recent edited books are Political Muslims (with S. Hamid, Syracuse University Press, 2019) and Muslim Diasporas in the West: Critical Readings in Sociology (4 vols., Routledge Major Works Series, 2016). He has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics (2017–2019) and New York University (2015–2016). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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