Professor Tahir Abbas FRSA

I am currently teaching and carrying out research at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague. I am also Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of Government at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

My research and academic writing concentrate on ethnic and racial studies; Islamophobia and radicalisation; counter-terrorism and social policy; and religious conflict and Muslim politics. My work fuses together the fields of sociology, education, criminology, politics, social policy and international relations.

My recent publications are an editorial as guest editor for the British Journal of Sociology of Education2018, 39(2) special issue, ‘Educating British Muslims: identity, religion and politics in a neoliberal era’ and the forthcoming co-edited collection, Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context (Syracuse University Press, 2018).

At the launch of the APPG on Resilience to Radicalisation. Left to right, Baroness Hodgson of Abinger CBE, David Warburton MP, Stephen Gethins MP, Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, British Council and Rebecca Crozier, Regional Director, Europe and MENA, International Alert (December 2017)

My theoretical work on ethnicity and radicalisation focuses on violence and extremism, and the consequences for domestic policies of integration (pluralism, interculturalism or multiculturalism) and foreign policies of ‘containment’ (specifically in relation to the MENA region). In exploring the issues relating to Islamophobia, my written and oral evidence was submitted to the APPG on British Muslims in June 2018 and published in November 2018, as Islamophobia Defined. Understanding structural inequalities, political disenfranchisement and limitations to policy are important contextual factors in my research both in the UK and in Turkey. My 2017 British Council APPG Inquiry into Building Resilience to Radicalisation oral and written submission and the subsequent published reported launched in Parliament focused on these themes.

I have three book projects currently underway. One explores the multiple natures of Islamophobia, analysing the conflation between its structural, cultural, institutional and ideological constructions. The second is a co-authored book critically interpreting the countering violent extremism policy paradigm in a global context. The third is an academic textbook that explores the sociology of terrorism.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Political Studies Association and the British International Studies Association.

Reviews of my books can be found here.


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