Biography

Professor Tahir Abbas FRSA

I am currently an Assistant Professor 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 academic research and writing concentrate on 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. Recent publications include my analysis of the UK ‘Prevent’ policy and how it relates to the Countering Violent Extremism paradigm currently dominating thinking on counter-extremism policy, published online first in Critical Social Policy in December 2018. The co-edited collection, Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context was published by Syracuse University Press in November 2018. My editorial for the special issue that I edited, Educating British Muslims: identity, religion and politics in a neoliberal era, was published in the British Journal of Sociology of Education in February 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.

Reviews of my books can be found here.

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