Tahir Abbas BSc(Econ) MSocSc PhD FRSA is Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul. For a full academic career history, visit the academic positions page.
Professor Abbas’ current work focuses on ethnicity, radicalisation, Islamophobia and politics. He is specifically interested in the role of ethnicity in the ‘performance of Islam’ among Muslim minorities in the West and in the ways in which Islam is the political ‘third space’ between secularism and conservatism in Turkey. His research uses both quantitative and qualitative social science methodologies, and explores issues of ethnic and religious identity, social conflict and social reproduction, intolerance and prejudice, integration and multiculturalism, and terrorism and political violence.
Professor Abbas recently submitted his research monograph entitled, Contemporary Turkey: Ethnicity, Islam and Politics. His co-edited collection, Political Muslims, is to be submitted in late 2015. It is a global review of positive approaches to political, social, cultural and economic participation of Muslims that counter the dominant negative paradigms of ‘Islamism’ in society. He is also working on a book based on a social analysis of life in and travels across Turkey, entitled Ruminations, to be submitted in mid 2016.
He 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 be involved with a range of policy forums, both national and international. These include the World Economic Forum, Council of Europe, EU, UN, Forum 2000, OSCE, OIC and NATO. He is Member of the Academic Advisory Board of Creative Learning in Washington DC.
Professor Abbas is on the Editorial Boards of Sociology of Islam (Brill, Leiden), East West Affairs: A Quarterly Journal of North-South Relations in Postnormal Times (EWA) (East-West University, Chicago) and Bandung: Journal of the Global South (Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg). He is a reviewer for many leading international sociology and political science journals.
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, a Fellow of the Muslim Institute, and an Associate Member of the British Association for Islamic Studies.
Download publications from CV [updated 30 June 2015].