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CMSS Seminar Series: Professor Tahir Abbas - Islamophobia & Radicalisation

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Professor Tahir Abbas, Assistant Professor in Terrorism and Political Violence, Institute of Strategic and Global Affairs, Leiden University

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CMSS Seminar Series: Professor Tahir Abbas: Islamophobia and Radicalisation – An Incessant Cycle

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Please join the Centre for Muslim States and Societies (UWA) for an online seminar presented by Professor Tahir Abbas

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Issues relating to radicalization focus on a range of concerns regarding a crisis of masculinity, structural dislocation, identity politics, and concerns over the nature of the local and global in determining motivations for violent action. However, little is understood about motivational factors that transcend the cultural, political, psychological, and ideological. Based on existing and ongoing ethnographic, observational, and quantitative research in the UK and the Netherlands, this paper is a sociological analysis of the issues of male violence among young men as manifestations of spatiality and politics. Mutually reinforcing hostility is largely an urban phenomenon, in particular when exploring questions of radicalization and extremism of Islamist and far right groups. This paper argues that this reciprocal violence is a function of the biopolitics of the state. The latter has a hand not only in the elimination of groups at the margins of society through the discursive practices of symbolic and actual bio-politics but also by reinforcing the symbiotic nature of the reciprocal ideological motivations of both sets of groups. In this regard, violence is an outcome of localized micro-aggressions determined by the urban post-industrial context but also by the motivations of the elite groups in pursuit of a hegemonic discourse that seeks to legitimize the status quo in a neoliberal global society experiencing widening social and economic divisions while facing political and economic uncertainty.

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Tahir Abbas B.Sc.(Econ.) M.Soc.Sc. Ph.D. F.R.S.A. is an Assistant Professor in Terrorism and Political Violence at the Institute of Strategic and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague. His current research interests are the intersections of Islamophobia, radicalization, politics, gender, violence, and ethnic relations. From 2016-2017, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. From 2010-2016, he was a Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul. During his time in Turkey, he was a visiting scholar at New York University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, International Islamic University in Islamabad, and the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta. His recent books are Islamophobia and Radicalisation (Oxford University Press, 2019), Contemporary Turkey in Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), Muslim Diasporas in the West (ed., four volumes, Routledge, 2017), Political Muslims (Syracuse University Press, 2018, co-edited with S Hamid), and the forthcoming Countering Violent Extremism (IB Tauris-Bloomsbury, 2021). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is the Principal Investigator of the H2020-funded three-year project DRIVE (Determining multi-level led causes and testing intervention designs to reduce radicalization, extremism, and political violence in north-western Europe through social inclusion).

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