Author evening with Sadek Hamid & Tahir Abbas: Political Muslims

Join IHRC for an author evening with Professor Tahir Abbas and Dr Sadek Hamid to discuss their book Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context.

WHEN: Thursday 25 April 2019, 6.30pm

WHERE: IHRC Bookshop, 202 Preston Road, Wembley, HA9 8PA

Political Muslims will be available to purchase online and in-store. 
This event will be streamed LIVE on the IHRC Facebook page and on IHRC.TV 

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Free event
Refreshments available
Wudu and prayer facilities available

IHRC Bookshop is a minute’s walk from Preston Road Underground station (Metropolitan line). Free parking on nearby residential roads is also available.

About the book:

The aftermath of  the events of 9/11 heightened media, academic and public interest in Islam and Muslims around the world and often focused on the increasing population of young Muslims and generating anxieties about religious radicalism, Islamism and conflicts in multicultural societies. Few studies, however, have been explored how a new generation of Muslims are reshaping  their societies in positive ways. In their edited international comparative volume Political Muslims, Tahir Abbas and Sadek Hamid offer cutting edge perspectives on Muslim youth, presenting them as agents of creative social transformation and as active participants in cultural and community organizations that practice resistance and to negotiate change by offering a series of case studies that cross the globe, contributors capture the experiences of being young and Muslim in ten countries—the United States, Canada, Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir.

About the authors:

Dr Sadek Hamid is an academic who has written widely about British Muslims, young people and religious identity formation. He has held teaching and research positions at the University of Chester, Cambridge Muslim College, Liverpool Hope University and most recently at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University. In addition to Sufis, Salafis and Islamists, he is co-author of British Muslims: New Directions in Islamic Thought, Creativity and Activism (2018), editor of Young British Muslims: Between Rhetoric and Realities (2017), co-editor of Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context (2018) and Youth Work and Islam: a Leap of Faith for Young People (2011).

Tahir Abbas BSc (Econ) MSocSc PhD FRSA is an Assistant Professor in Security Studies at the Leiden University Institute of Strategic and Global Studies at The Hague (2018-) and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of Government at The London School of Economics and Political Science (2017-).

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’. Abbas obtained his PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick. Having worked 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. His experience of research and teaching both in Birmingham and in Istanbul on the wider issues of identity, belonging and citizenship that affect Muslim minority groups around the world has led to him delivering 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 as 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 (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2019, forthcoming), Political Muslims (Syracuse University Press, 2018, co-ed., with S Hamid), Contemporary Turkey in Conflict(Edinburgh University Press, 2017) and Muslim Diasporas in the West (ed., four volumes, Routledge, 2017). Abbas has published in an array of social science journals, including in the fields of terrorism studies, sociology, education, political science and international relations.

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