Professor Tahir Abbas BSc (Econ) MSocSc PhD FRSA is an Assistant Professor in Security Studies at the Leiden University Institute of Security and Global Studies in The Hague and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of Government at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Abbas teaches on the MSc in Crisis and Security Management, in particular, the courses, ‘Dealing with Terrorism and Foreign Fighters’ and the ‘Sociology of Terrorism’. He obtained his PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick. Before coming to The Hague, Abbas researched and taught in the UK and Turkey. He is the author, editor and co-editor of 20 books and volumes, and over 75 peer-reviewed publications.
For over twenty years, Abbas has been conducting sociological research on issues affecting Muslims in the Global North. This work has included research and teaching on radicalisation and terrorism as well as on the wider issues of identity, belonging and citizenship that affects Muslim minority groups around the world. He has delivered over 130 invited lectures, talks and training programmes in over 50 countries. His current research interests are the intersections of ethnicity, Islamophobia, radicalisation, politics and gender. He uses both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in his research. From 2016-2017, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and from 2010-2016, he was a Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul, Turkey and from 2003-2009, he was a Reader in Sociology at the University of Birmingham. During his time in Istanbul, he was a visiting scholar at New York University, Leiden University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, International Islamic University in Islamabad and the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta. He recent books are, Islamophobia and Radicalisation in an Age of Perpetual War (Hurst, 2019), Countering Violent Extremism (IB Tauris, 2019, with MS Elshimi), Political Muslims (Syracuse University Press, 2018, co-ed., with S Hamid), Contemporary Turkey in Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), Muslim Diasporas in the West (ed., four volumes, Routledge, 2017). He has also published in a wide array of social science journals, encompassing terrorism studies, sociology, education, political science and international relations, including British Educational Research Journal, Journal of Sociology of Education, City, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Race Ethnicity and Education, Terrorism and Political Violence and Vanguardia Dossier. He is working on two books: one on revisiting the concept of Islamophobia and the other on the sociology of terrorism.