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Biography

I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague. Previously, I was a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul and a Reader (Associate Professor) in Sociology at the University of Birmingham. My current research is on reciprocal radicalisation in Europe.


My latest book, Islamophobia and Radicalisation: A Vicious Cycle, was published by Hurst in London and Oxford University Press in New York in late 2019. Other recent publications include a sociological perspective on far right and Islamist reciprical radicalisation in Europe published as an ICCT Policy Brief in January 2020, a critical analysis of the UK CVE ‘Prevent’ policy  published by Critical Social Policy in August 2019 and the co-edited collection, Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context (with Sadek Hamid) was published by Syracuse University Press in February 2019.

Over the years, I have written in criminology, education, ethnic studies, Islamic studies, philosophy, small business, sociology and terrorism studies journals. Some of my essays have been published in Spanish and German, and articles and books have been being translated and published in Turkish and Urdu.


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


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Education

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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