Professor Tahir Abbas

Professor Tahir Abbas

Visiting Senior Fellow

Department of Government

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Key Expertise
Ethnicity, Politics, Islam, Social Conflict

About me

Professor Tahir Abbas FRSA is currently working on ethnicity, politics, Islam and social conflict. Previously, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul, Reader in Sociology at the University of Birmingham, and Senior Research Officer at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice in London.

From 2010 to 2016, he lived and worked in Istanbul, during which time he was also a visiting scholar at New York University, Leiden University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, International Islamic University in Islamabad and the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta.

Abbas read Economics at Queen Mary University of London. He has a MSocSc in Economic Development and Policy from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick. He is Associate Editor of the quarterly journal Critical Muslim, published by Hurst and Oxford University Press.

He has published 13 books and 65 journal articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia articles. Abbas has been invited to deliver over 120 lectures and talks in 85 cities in 35 countries. He is currently working on three book projects for publication in 2018 and 2019.

Research interests

  • Education
  • Ethnic relations
  • Islamophobia
  • Multiculturalism
  • Muslims in the West
  • Radicalisation
  • Terrorism
  • Violent extremism

Selected publications

(2017a) (ed.) Muslim Diasporas in the West: Critical Readings in Sociology, four volumes, London and New York: Routledge (Major Works Series) + introduction.

(2017b) ‘Islamophobia and its Discontents’, in E. Santesso and J McClung (eds) Purity and Hybridity: Islam and Postcolonial Discourse, Abingdon: Routledge.

 (2016a) ‘Determining a Newfound European Islam’, International Journal of Public Theology 10(3): 324-337.

(2016b) Contemporary Turkey in Conflict: Ethnicity, Islam and Politics, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press and New York: Oxford University Press.

(2016c) ‘Western European Muslims between Islamophobia and Radicalisation’, in Erich Kolig and Malcolm Voyce (eds.) Muslim Integration, Pluralism and Multiculturalism in the West, Maryland: Lexington.

(2016d) ‘Perspectives on ethno-national conflict among Kurdish families with members in the PKK’, Terrorism and Political Violence 28(2): 297-315 (with IH Yigit).

(2015a) ‘The Gezi Park movement in Turkey: between localisation and globalisation’, City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action19(1): 61-76 (with IH Yigit).

(2015b) Critical Muslim 16: Turkey, Sept-Dec, London and New York: Hurst + Introduction: Sun and Shadow (associate editor, with Z Sardar).

(2015v) ‘La crisis de la radicalización en Europa occidental’, Vanguardia Dossier 56: 34-37

(2015d) ‘Limits of UK counterterrorism policy and its implications for Islamophobia and far right extremism’, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 4(3): 16‐29 (with I Awan).

(2015e) ‘Islamophobia and the Darkness of Western Europe’, Reviews & Critical Commentary (Columbia University Council for European Studies), 10 August.

(2011a) (ed.) Islam and Education, four volumes, London and New York: Routledge (Major Works Series) + introduction.

(2011b) Islamic Radicalism and Multicultural Politics: The British Experience, London and New York: Routledge.

(2010) Honour, Violence, Women and Islam, London and New York: Routledge + Chapter (co-editor, with MM Idriss).