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.
He is especially interested in the role of ethnicity in the ‘performance of Islam’ among Muslim minorities and in the ways in which Islam is the political ‘third space’ between secularism and conservatism.
His research uses both quantitative and qualitative social science methodologies to explore issues ethnic and religious identity, social conflict, intolerance, immigration, integration, multiculturalism, 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 early 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 on ethnic Muslim issues, based on his work in England, and his research across Turkey, Israel, Pakistan and Indonesia, to submitted by the summer of 2015.
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 and OIC. 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 CV [updated 31 January 2015].