"Issues affecting the Muslim community in Britain have not been far away from various intellectual, policy, political and cultural interests in society today. However, despite the importance of these issues, there is limited space in which it is possible to ask truly critical questions of the Muslim experience from within and without. Nor has the full thrust of intellectual excellence and independence remained at heart when doing so. The Muslim Institute is arguably the only real forum that provides an opportunity for scholars, activists, intellectuals, writers, artists and the ordinary folk of British Islam to come together on a regular basis to discuss the most pertinent questions of the day. Moreover, the magazine, Critical Muslim, is a joy to contribute to and to read on a quarterly basis.”
Professor Dr Tahir Abbas FRSA is currently Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. From 2016-2017, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, working on the countering violent extremism research and policy development paradigm. From 2010-2016, as a Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul, he researched politics, ethnicity and Islam in Turkey, publishing Contemporary Turkey in Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) shortly after the failed-coup events of July 2016. 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 is editor of the four-volume Muslim Diasporas in the West (Routledge, 2017) and co-editor of Political Muslims (Syracuse University Press, 2018, with S Hamid). To date, Abbas has published 18 volumes, and over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia articles. He is currently working on research in two areas: understanding the links between radicalisation and Islamophobia, and the nature and extent of countering violent extremism policy and practice. Professor Abbas is also involved with a range of government research and policy forums, both national and international. Further details of his work are at www.tahirabbas.co.uk.