Tahir Abbas FRSA is an Assistant 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.
TAHIR ABBAS PhD taught ethnic studies at the University of Birmingham (2003-2009) and Fatih University in Istanbul (2010-2016) before joining the Institute in August 2018. He has also been a Senior Research Officer in UK government (2001-2003) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (2016-2017). His recent books are Countering Violent Extremism (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021, forthcoming), Islamophobia and Radicalisation (Oxford University Press, 2019) and Contemporary Turkey in Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2017). His recent edited books are Azad Kashmir in Britain: Migration, Diaspora and Transnationalism (co-edited with S Hussain and K Iqbal, Manchester University Press, 2021, forthcoming), Political Muslims (co-ed., with S Hamid, Syracuse University Press, 2019) and Muslim Diasporas in the West: Critical Readings in Sociology (4 vols., Routledge Major Works Series, 2016). He has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics (2017-2019), New York University (2015-2016), Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2012), International Islamic University in Islamabad (2012), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (2007-2008) and the University of Warwick (2001-2003). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
- Kanhai A. & Abbas T. (2020), A second chance? Dutch Muslim women on the reintegration of female returnees from Islamic State, Journal for Deradicalization (22): 155-187.
- Abbas T. (2020), Far right and Islamist radicalisation in an age of austerity: a review of sociological trends and implications for policy, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism Policy Brief .
- Abbas, T., Hamid & S. (2019), Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context. New York: Syracuse University Press.
- Abbas T. (2019), Implementing ‘Prevent’ in countering violent extremism in the UK: A left-realist critique, Critical Social Policy 39(3): 396-412.
- Abbas T. (2019), Islamophobia and Radicalisation: A Vicious Cycle. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Abbas T. (2018), Editorial, British Journal of Sociology of Education 39(2): 161-165.
- Abbas T. (2017), The “Trojan Horse” Plot and the Fear of Muslim Power in British State Schools, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 37(5): 426-441.
- Abbas T. (2017), Traditional and Modern Muslim Education at the Core and Periphery. In: Holger Daun Holger, Arjmand Reza (Eds.) Handbook of Islamic Education. no. 7: Springer, Cham. 1-12.
- Abbas T. (2017), Ethnicity and Politics in Contextualising Far Right and Islamist Extremism, Perspectives on Terrorism 11(3): 54-61.
- Abbas T. (2016), Contemporary Turkey in Conflict: Ethnicity, Islam and Politics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Abbas T. & Yigit I.H. (2015), Scenes from Gezi Park: Localisation, nationalism and globalisation in Turkey, City 19(1): 61-76.
- Abbas T. (2014), British muslims: From cultural assimilation to social integration. 33-48.
- Abbas T. (2014), Perspectives on Ethno-National Conflict Among Kurdish Families With Members in the PKK, .
- Abbas T (2013), Political culture and national identity in Conceptualising the Gezi park movement, Insight Turkey 15(4): 19-27.
- Abbas T. & Siddique A. (2012), Perceptions on the processes of radicalisation and de-radicalisation among British South Asian Muslims in a post-industrial city, Social Identities 18(1): 119-134.
- Abbas T. (2012), The symbiotic relationship between Islamophobia and radicalisation, Critical Studies on Terrorism 5(3): 345-358.
- Abbas T. (2011), Islamic Radicalism and Multicultural Politics: The British Experience. London: Routledge.
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