Professor Tahir Abbas

Senior Research Fellow

Professor Tahir Abbas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London. Previously, he was a Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul, Reader in Sociology at Birmingham University, and Senior Research Officer at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice in London. 

Abbas has been researching and writing on ethnic relations, Islamophobia and radicalisation since the mid-1990s. Before joining RUSI in mid-2016, he lived and worked in Istanbul for six years. His recent books are Critical Muslim 16: Turkey (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2015, co-edited with Z Sardar), Contemporary Turkey in Conflict (Edinburgh and Oxford University Press, 2016), Muslim Diasporas in the West (Routledge, 2017, 4 vols, edited) and Political Muslims (Syracuse University Press, 2017, co-edited with S Hamid). Abbas has also published numerous journal articles, chapters, encyclopaedic entries and reviews. He has written for Deutsche Welle, Guardian, New Internationalist, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, OpenDemocracy, Prospect, Times Higher Education, Vanguardia Dossier, Zócalo Public Square and many others. His website details his recent publications, presentations and opinions. He tweets @tahirabbas_. 

Tahir Abbas read Economics at Queen Mary University of London. He has a MSocSc in Economic Development and Policy from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.