Tahir Abbas BSc(Econ) MSocSc PhD FRSA is Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul, Turkey. For a full academic career history, visit the academic positions page.
Professor Abbas’ current work focuses on ethnicity, Islam and politics in two principal fields. He is interested in the role of ethnicity in the ‘performance of Islam’ among Muslim minorities in Britain and in the ways in which Islam is the political ‘third space’ between secularism and conservatism in Turkey. His research utilises both quantitative and qualitative social science methodologies to understand issues of social capital, political trust, ethnic intolerance, cultural conflict and active citizenship in both England and in Turkey. He is working on a book on ethnic Muslim issues, based on his work in England, and his travels across Turkey, Israel, Pakistan and Indonesia, entitled, Ruminations, to be submitted by mid-2014. His is currently finalising a research monograph entitled, Beyond Ethnicity, Islam and Politics in Contemporary Turkey, to be submitted by December 2013. His third concurrent book project is the co-edited collection, Political Muslims, which is to be submitted late 2013. It is a global review of positive approaches to political, social, cultural and economic participation of Muslims in society that counter the dominant negative paradigms of ‘Islamism’.
He is on the Editorial Board of Sociology of Islam (Brill) where he is, and he is a reviewer for many leading international sociology and politics journals. Visit the publications page for a list of Tahir Abbas’ publications since 2009, or view the much fuller list at the Tahir Abbas Google Scholar profile.
Professor Abbas has engaged with a number of ministries and government departments across the world, including in England, Turkey, Pakistan, USA, Germany, Australia and Indonesia. He continues to have opportunities to be involved with a range of government and policy forums, both national and international. These include the World Economic Forum, Council of Europe, EU, UN, Forum 2000, OSCE and OIC.
He has a BSc(Econ) from Queen Mary, University of London, a MSocSc from Birmingham University, and a PhD from Warwick University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Download publications CV here [updated 3 July 2013]
Visit Tahir Abbas Google+ profile.
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