Dr. Tahir Abbas
Tahir Abbas is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague. He is the Scientific Coordinator of the H2020 RIA ‘DRIVE’ project (Determining multilevel-led causes and testing intervention designs to reduce radicalisation, extremism, and political violence in North-Western Europe through social inclusion). His recent books are Countering Violent Extremism (IB Tauris, 2021), Islamophobia and Radicalisation (Hurst/Oxford University Press in NYC, 2019), and Contemporary Turkey in Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2017). His recent edited books are 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). Recent peer-reviewed journal articles have appeared in Critical Studies on Terrorism, Ethnicities, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Critical Social Policy, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Turkish Studies, and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. Abbas has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics (2017-2019) and New York University (2015-2016). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Muslim Institute and Associate Editor of Critical Muslim (Hurst/Oxford University Press in Delhi).
Key ICCT Publications:
Welten, L. and Abbas, T. Critical Perspectives on Salafism in the Netherlands. Research Paper, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 26 April 2021
This paper nuances existing understandings of terrorists’ motivations by uncovering the emotional process of ressentiment in the manifestos of three far-right violent extremists. Through the application of Reinhard Wolf’s framework of discourse analysis, it finds that ressentiment plays a significant role in self-legitimating perpetrators’ attacks, though the resented group is different than expected. Surprisingly, the […]
While the Islamic State’s early years after its expansion from Iraq to Syria are generally considered a success, it was also during this period that internal ideological tensions developed within the group. The emerging faction of al-Hazimiyya, named after the Saudi cleric Ahmad al-Hazimi, instigated a power struggle within the group that posed a serious […]
This policy brief discusses the threat of maritime terrorism in the Tri-border area and the weaknesses of the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement, a trilateral treaty between Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines that was set up to mitigate terrorism in the region. We also highlight the challenges associated with counter-terrorism in the region such as resource allocation […]