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Book launch 'Islamophobia and Radicalisation'

Thursday 14 November 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Spanish Steps

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) invites you for the book launch of 'Islamophobia and Radicalisation' by Dr. Tahir Abbas on Thursday 14 November 2019. 

Islamophobia and radicalisation

This book is a measured yet theoretically innovative exploration of how Islamophobia and radicalisation intersect and reinforce each other.

Since the 1970s, there have been three challenges to traditional, homogeneous ‘national’ identities across the Western world: political and socioeconomic inequality; neoliberal globalisation; and more diverse, multicultural societies. As in the US and elsewhere in Western Europe, the decline of an old, masculinised national identity has now begun to open a new, dark era for Britain.

Ever since the ‘war on terror’ was added to the mix, ‘others’ in Britain have been brutally demonised. Muslims, routinely presented as the source of society’s ills, are subjected to both symbolic and actual violence. Deep-seated and structurally racialised norms amplify the isolation and alienation impeding Muslim integration. Both these ‘left-behind’ Muslims and white-British groups who perceive themselves as the true nation are under pressure from ongoing geopolitical concerns in the Muslim world, as well as widening divisions at home.

Tahir Abbas argues that, in this context, the symbiotic intersections between Islamophobia and radicalisation intensify and expand. His book is a warning of the world that results: a rise in hate crime, the institutionalisation of Islamophobia, and the normalisation of war and conflict.


16:00 hrs.: Welcome
16:10 hrs. : Book presentation by Dr. Tahir Abbas
16:45 hrs. : Q&A
17:00 hrs. : Reception

Discussant: Dr. Anouk de Koning


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Tahir Abbas

Dr. Tahir Abbas

Tahir Abbas 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. He was born in Birmingham, England, and currently lives and works in The Hague. He holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick and has worked and taught in the UK and Turkey. His current research interests are the intersections of Islamophobia and radicalisation, gender and violence, and ethnic relations. He is the author, editor and co-editor of 12 books (18 vols) and over 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

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