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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Tahir joined the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) in August 2018. He wrote his doctorate on the education of British South Asians at the University of Warwick in 2000. His postdoctoral research was on ethnic entrepreneurship in an inner-city context carried out at the Birmingham City University Business School. He then worked at the Home Office in London as a Senior Research Officer in the Policing and Crime Reduction Unit before taking up his first teaching post at the University of Birmingham in 2003, first as Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer and eventually Reader in Sociology until 2009. In 2010, he joined Fatih University in Istanbul as an Associate Professor of Sociology, then as Professor of Sociology from 2012. During his six years in Turkey, he was a Schonbrunn Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Iqbal Fellow at the International Institute for Research and Dialogue at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of the State Islamic University in Jakarta, Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Religion at Leiden University and Remarque Visiting Fellow at New York University. From 2016 to 2017, he worked at the Royal United Services Institute as a Senior Research Fellow and at the Department of Government at the London School of Economics as a Visiting Senior Fellow. He currently teaches sociology of terrorism on the MSc in Crisis and Security Management. His interests include education, ethnicity, migration, diaspora, social conflict, social cohesion, political violence, radicalisation and terrorism. His recent books are Contemporary Turkey in Conflict: Ethnicity, Islam and Politics (2017, Edinburgh University Press), Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context (2018, New York: Syracuse University Press, 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.