Tahir Abbas Professor of Sociology

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.

Tahir Abbas

Professor Abbas’ current work focuses on ethnicity, Muslims 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 mobility, social capital, social conflict, ethnic capital, political trust, racial and cultural intolerance, active citizenship, integration, multiculturalism and interculturalism. 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 the summer of 2014. He is currently finalising a research monograph entitled, Beyond Ethnicity, Islam and Politics in Contemporary Turkey, to be submitted in early 2014. His third book projects is the co-edited collection, Political Muslims which are to be submitted in late-2014. 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’.

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 and a Fellow of the Muslim Institute.

He is on the Editorial Board of Sociology of Islam (Brill), East West Affairs: A Quarterly Journal of North-South Relations in Postnormal Times (EWA) and Bandung: Journal of the Global South. 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 fuller list on the Tahir Abbas Google Scholar profile.

Download publications CV [updated 20 June 2014]



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