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LUCIS What's New Lecture

Islamophobia and Reciprocal Radicalisation in an Age of Political Uncertainty

Date
7 March 2019
Time
Explanation
Free to visit, drinks after
Series
What's New?! Spring Lecture Series
Location
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
1.48

Numerous issues relating to radicalisation focus on a range of concerns regarding a crisis of masculinity, structural dislocation, identity politics and concerns over the nature of the local and global in determining motivations for violent action. However, little is understood about motivational factors that transcend the cultural, political, psychological and ideological. Based on existing and ongoing ethnographic, observational and quantitative research in the UK and in the Netherlands, this lecture presents a sociological analysis of the issues of male violence among young men as manifestations of spatiality and politics.

Mutually reinforcing hostility is largely an urban phenomenon, in particular when exploring questions of radicalisation and extremism of Islamist and far right groups. Tahir Abbas argues that this reciprocal violence is a function of the biopolitics of the state. The latter has a hand not only in the elimination of groups at the margins of society through the discursive practices of symbolic actual bio-politics but also by reinforcing the symbiotic nature of the reciprocal ideological motivations of both sets of groups. In this regard, violence is an outcome of localised micro-aggressions determined by the urban post-industrial context but also by the motivations of the elite groups in pursuit of a hegemonic discourse that seeks to legitimise the status quo in a neoliberal global society experiencing widening social and economic divisions while facing political uncertainty.

About Tahir Abbas

Tahir Abbas BSc (Econ) MSocSc PhD FRSA is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of Government at The London School of Economics and Political Science. His current research interests are the intersections of Islamophobia, radicalisation, politics, gender, violence and ethnic relations. From 2016-2017, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. From 2010-2016, he was as a Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul. During his time in Turkey, he was a visiting scholar at New York University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, International Islamic University in Islamabad and the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta. His recent books are Contemporary Turkey in Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), Muslim Diasporas in the West (ed., four volumes, Routledge, 2017), Political Muslims (Syracuse University Press, 2018, co-edited with S Hamid), and the forthcoming Countering Violent Extremism: A Global Deradicalisation Agenda (IB Tauris, 2019, with MS Elshimi) and Islamophobia and Radicalisation in an Age of Perpetual War (Hurst, 2019). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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