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Book launch

Book launch 'Ruminations' by Tahir Abbas

Thursday 15 December 2022
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Spanish Steps
Book cover 'Ruminations'

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) invites you to the book launch of 'Ruminations: Framing a sense of self and coming to terms with the other' by Tahir Abbas on Thursday 15 December 2022. 


Ruminations is Professor Tahir Abbas’ seventeenth published book. In this work, which he spent over a decade and a half putting together and finally completed during the recent lockdown period, he reflects on some of the pertinent issues concerning questions of identity and belonging, exclusion and inclusion in education and labour market participation, and broader issues concerning citizenship and belonging.

This is an intentional endeavour to highlight and analyse themes of ethnic identity and belonging based on personal thoughts as well as analytical observations and insights gained through his travels and stays around the world.

Professional development and reflection

The first part of the book focuses on his early memories of identity and belonging, as well as his reflections on his education, while the second part focuses on his intellectual and cultural observations on race, ethnicity, and religion, which have established his academic and policy engagement profile over the last two decades or so.

The book provides an insider’s view on critical topics while keeping the material light and approachable, highlighting Professor Abbas’ life up to this point in his professional development while also functioning as a reflection on the past and his aspirations and anxieties for the future.

Programme and book sell

The book launch will be hosted by Richard McNeil-Willson. The discussant is Ahab Bdaiwi, University Lecturer Arabic and Medieval Philosophy and Late Antique Intellectual History.

After the book launch you will have the possibility to buy the book with a discount. 

About the author

Tahir Abbas FRSA FAcSS is Professor of Radicalisation Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague. He holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick (2001). His current research interests are the intersections of Islamophobia and radicalisation, gender and violence, inter-generational transmission of Islamism, and ethnic relations. He is the author, editor, and co-editor of twenty books and more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

Registration and questions

Interested in attending the event? Attendance is free, but please register via this form.

Questions? Please send an e-mail to communicatie@fgga.leidenuniv.nl 

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