Profesor Tahir Abbas FRSA is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of Government, London School of Economics and a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London
Abbas is an internationally recognised sociologist, specialising in ethnic relations, radicalisation and violent extremism. In December 2016, he published his book on ethnicity, Islam and politics in Turkey. He is currently researching and writing two books. One on Islamism, Islamophobia, radicalisation, identity politics and social conflict in British and Western European contexts. And the other is on countering violent extremism in a global context. Both are out in mid-2018.
Previously, he was Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul (2010-2016), Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Sociology at Birmingham University (2003-2009), and Senior Research Officer at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice in London (2001-2003).
He has lived and worked in many other countries during the course of various visiting professorships and fellowships, including at the Remarque Institute of New York University, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Institute for Religious Studies at Leiden University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, and the Graduate School of the State Islamic University in Jakarta.
Abbas is author of The Education of British South Asians (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004), Islamic Radicalism and Multicultural Politics (Routledge, 2011) and Contemporary Turkey in Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). He has published numerous (co)edited collections with Zed, Edinburgh University Press, IB Tauris, Routledge and Hurst. He has also published in numerous sociology, education, Islamic studies, geography and political science journals.
Abbas has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, Times Higher Education, NZZ, Prospect, openDemocracy, Prospect, New Internationalist and Fair Observer among others.
He has a BSc(Econ) in Economics with Mathematical Studies from Queen Mary University of London, a MSocSc in Economic Development and Policy from the University of Birmingham, and a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick.
Abbas 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. He is also Associate Editor of the quarterly magazine, Critical Muslim.