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Tahir Abbas

Associate Professor

Dr. T. Abbas
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Tahir Abbas FRSA is an Associate Professor in Terrorism and Political Violence 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 14 books (18 vols) and over 70 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and encyclopaedic entries.

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TAHIR ABBAS PhD taught sociology at the University of Birmingham and Istanbul University before joining the Institute in August 2018. Currently operating out of The Hague, his body of work now falls under the radar of sociology and critical security studies in attempting to explore the formations and challenges to various forms of ‘radicalisation from below’. His current research is on comparative reciprocal radicalisation and questions relating to inter-generational transmission of reigio-cultural norms and values among European Muslim minorities. His latest book, Islamophobia and Radicalisation: A Vicious Cycle, was published by Hurst in London and co-published by Oxford University Press in New York in late 2019. It has been reviewed in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and The Times Literary Supplement. Other recent publications include an analysis of Dutch Muslim women perceptions on Dutch Muslim women returnees from the Islamic State (with A Kanhai), a sociological perspective on far right and Islamist reciprocal radicalisation in Western Europe published as an ICCT Policy Brief in January 2020, a critical analysis of the UK CVE ‘Prevent’ policy published in Critical Social Policy in August 2019 and the co-edited collection, Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context (with S Hamid), published by Syracuse University Press in February 2019. His forthcoming book critically appraises the Countering Violent Extremism paradigm in a global context and it will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in April 2021.

Books and special editions

(2021) Countering Violent Extremism: An International Global Deradicalisation Agenda, London and New York: Bloomsbury-IB Tauris, in press. 

(2019) Islamophobia and Radicalisation: A Vicious Cycle, London and New York: Hurst and Oxford University Press. 

(2018b) (eds.) Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context, New York: Syracuse University Press Middle East Studies Series (+ introduction and conclusion) (with S Hamid). 

(2018a) (ed.) Special Issue ‘Educating British Muslims: identity, religion and politics in a neoliberal era’, British Journal of Sociology of Education 39(2): 161-259 + ‘Editorial’ 39(2): 161-165. 

(2017) Contemporary Turkey in Conflict: Ethnicity, Islam and Politics, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

(2016) (ed.) Muslim Diasporas in the West: Critical Readings in Sociology, four volumes, London and New York: Routledge (Major Works Series) + introduction. 

(2015) (assoc. ed.) Critical Muslim 16: Turkey, London and Delhi: Hurst and Oxford University Press + Introduction. 

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

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

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

(2007b) (ed.) Islamic Political Radicalism: A European Perspective, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press + Introduction. 

(2007a) (eds.) Immigration and Race Relations: Sociological Theory and John Rex, London and New York: IB Tauris + Introduction (+ chapter) (with F Reeves) (published in paperback in 2020).

(2005) (ed.) Muslim Britain: Communities under Pressure, London: Zed and Chicago: Chicago University Press + Introduction (republished in 2013). 

(2004) The Education of British South Asians: Ethnicity, Capital and Class Structure (Palgrave-Macmillan).

Academic and professional career

2017-2019, Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Government, London School of Economics, UK

2016-2017, Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute, London, UK

2015-2016, Remarque Visiting Fellow, New York University, USA

2009-2016, Professor of Sociology (2012-2016), Associate Professor (2009-2012), Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

2013, Visiting Professor, Leiden Institute for Religious Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

2012, Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School of the State Islamic University in Jakarta, Indonesia

2012, Iqbal Fellow, Institute for Research and Dialogue, International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan

2012, Schonbrunn Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel

2009-2011, Honorary University Fellow, Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK

2007-2009, Fellow, Centre for Studies in Security and Democracy, University of Birmingham, UK

2007-2008, Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, UK

2003-2009, Reader (Associate Professor) in Sociology (2006-2009), Senior Lecturer (2005-2006), and Lecturer (2003-2005), and Director of Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture, University of Birmingham, UK

2002-2003, Senior Research Officer, Lord Chancellor’s Department Research Unit, London, UK

2000-2002, Senior Research Officer, Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate, London, UK

1999-2001, Associate Fellow, Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick, UK

1999-2000, Director, Race Equality West Midlands, Worcester, UK

1997-1999, Research Fellow, University of Central England Business School, UK

1995-1997, Research Assistant, Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick, UK

Academic qualifications

2001, PhD in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick, UK

1994, Master of Social Science in Economic Development and Policy, University of Birmingham, UK

1993, BSc(Econ) in Economics with Mathematical Studies, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, UK

Academic expertise

  • Critical Terrorism Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Islamophobia
  • Radicalisation
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology


  • Dealing with Terrorism and Foreign Fighters
  • Extremism in a Global Context (Islamism)
  • Researching Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Sociology of Terrorism
  • Understanding Terrorism

Associate Professor

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Institute of Security and Global Affairs

Work address

Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Room number 4.49 a



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