Biography

Professor Tahir Abbas FRSA

I am currently Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of Government at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

I specialise in education, ethnic studies, Islamophobia and radicalisation, war and terrorism, and contemporary Islam and Muslim politics, fusing together the fields of sociology, criminology, government and international relations. I am especially interested in the fields of victimology terrorism, Islamophobia as a hate crime, and ‘anxious politics’.

I have published 12 books (16 volumes), and over 65 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and encyclopaedic entries, with numerous citations to my published work. My recent publication is as guest editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education2018, 39(2) special issue, ‘Educating British Muslims: identity, religion and politics in a neoliberal era’.

My theoretical work on ethnicity and radicalisation focuses on how Muslim minority violence and extremism is a consequence of the limitations to domestic policies of integration (pluralism, interculturalism or multiculturalism) and foreign policies of containment (specifically in relation to the MENA region).

Understanding structural inequalities, political disenfranchisement and limitations to policy are important contextual factors in my research both in the UK and in Turkey. The need for dismantling ethnic inequality and improving social injustice remains a consistent theme throughout my work on education, honour-related violence, and specifically on radicalisation, political violence and terrorism.

I have two book projects currently underway. One explores the intersections between Islamophobia and radicalisation, analysing the conflation between Islamism, Islamophobia, radicalisation, identity politics and social conflict. The other is a co-authored book critically analysing the countering violent extremism policy paradigm in a global context.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Muslim Institute, which publishes the quarterly magazine, Critical Muslim, (published by Hurst and Oxford University Press), for which I am also an Associate Editor. I am a Member of the Political Studies Association, British International Studies Association and an Associate Member of the British Association for Islamic Studies.

My publications page lists my writing since 2015.

For a full academic career history, visit the academic positions page.

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