Dr. Tahir Abbas

He teaches and researches in the areas of ethnic studies, sociology of Islam, and critical terrorism studies. He has also researched and written extensively on Islamophobia, education, and racial politics.

Tahir Abbas is an Associate Professor in Terrorism and Political Violence, having joined the Institute of Security and Global Affairs in 2018. Previously, he was a Professor of Sociology at Fatih Istanbul University (2010-2016) and an Associate Professor in Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture at the University of Birmingham (2003-2009). He works in the area of sociology and critical terrorism studies in exploring various forms of ‘radicalisation’. His recent book is Countering Violent Extremism (Bloomsbury-IB Tauris, 2021), which is a critique of policy and practice 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, 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 Studies, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Critical Social Policy, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Ethnicities, and Philosophy and Social Criticism. His 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.

Dr. Tahir Abbas
Leiden University
Scientific Coordinator

Key publications

  • Countering Violent Extremism (IB Tauris, May 2021)
  • Islamophobia and Radicalisation (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • Political Muslims (Syracuse University Press, co-ed. with S Hamid, 2019)
  • Muslim Diasporas in the West (ed., four volumes, Routledge, 2017).

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