I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague. I am also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of Government at The London School of Economics and Political Science. I was formerly a Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul and a Reader in Sociology at the University of Birmingham.

Ever since my undergraduate education in London, I have been concerned with the challenges of late capitalism and its implications for urban ethnic minorities. My first research project focused on the impact of economic development policy on inner-city ethnic minority communities. I then explored a range of sociological questions relating to the education and (self) employment of urban ethnic minorities in my doctoral and post-doctoral research.

After the events of 9/11 in the USA and 7/7 in the UK, my attention switched to questions of extremism, radicalisation and political violence among urban youth. I explored these issues both in the UK and in Turkey, where I taught sociology from 2003 to 2016. Presently, my research in the Netherlands intersects with international relations, (critical) terrorism studies, criminology, political science, security studies as well as wider considerations relating to the study of global and local economy and society.

In over two decades of life as a professional and academic social researcher and university professor in the cities of Birmingham, Istanbul and presently in The Hague, as well as visiting academic positions in New York, Oxford, London, Jerusalem, Islamabad and Jakarta, the study of economy, society, ethnicity, religion and politics is the continuum threading my work.

I have served on the editorial boards of Sociology (Sage) and Sociology of Islam (Brill). I currently sit on the editorial board of Bandung: Journal of the Global South (Brill) and I am an associate editor of Critical Muslim (Hurst and Oxford University Press in Delhi).

Recent publications include an analysis of ‘Prevent’ policy as the British manifestation of the countering violent extremism paradigm currently dominating counter-extremism policy thinking, published Critical Social Policy in August 2019.

My co-edited collection, Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context (with Sadek Hamid) was published by Syracuse University Press in February 2019.

My editorial for the special issue, Educating British Muslims: identity, religion and politics in a neoliberal era, was published by the British Journal of Sociology of Education in February 2018.

My new book, Islamophobia and Radicalisation: A Vicious Cycle, published by Hurst and distributed by Oxford University Press in the USA, is out mid-2019.

My forthcoming book critically interprets the countering violent extremism policy paradigm in a global context, published by IB Tauris in 2020. 

Reviews of my books can be found here.


2001, PhD in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick, UK

1994, Master of Social Science in Economic Development and Policy, University of Birmingham, UK

1993, BSc(Econ) in Economics with Mathematical Studies, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, UK

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