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 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.

I work on Islamophobia and radicalisation; counter-terrorism and social policy; and religious conflict and Muslim politics. My work fuses together the fields of sociology, geography, education, criminology, politics, social policy and international relations. Recent publications include an analysis of the ‘Prevent’ policy as a British manifestation of the countering violent extremism paradigm currently dominating counter-extremism policy, published online first in Critical Social Policy in December 2018. My co-edited collection, Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context (with Sadek Hamid) was published by Syracuse University Press in November 2018. 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 co-authored book (with MS Elshimi) critically interpreting the countering violent extremism policy paradigm in a global context is to be published by IB Tauris in 2020. More details on both books to follow soon…

Reviews of my books can be found here.

Email me here.