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Dr Rizwaan Sabir

School of Justice Studies

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies


Telephone: 0151 231 3492

Dr Rizwaan Sabir is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Justice Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and has worked here since 2015. His research specialism lays in examining counter-terrorism, counterinsurgency, and armed Muslim groups, especially the way in which counterinsurgency theory, doctrine, and practice have been integrated into the UK's domestic 'War on Terror' infrastructure.

Rizwaan provides analysis on his subject specialism in broadcast media, in the written press, radio, and Twitter (@RizwaanSabir). He also works with a range of civil society, legal, academic, and political organisations such the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on his subject specialism(s).

He is happy to consider supervising PhD's on the following topics:

- The global "War on Terror"
- Counter-Terrorism, counterinsurgency, and asymmetric warfare
- Armed Muslim Groups
- Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and 'Prevent'
- Surveillance/Intelligence
- Islamophobia and racism
- Media representations (Islam, Muslims, and Terrorism - 'Orientalism')

Books (authored)

Sabir R. 2022. 'The Suspect: Counterterrorism, Islam and the Security State' Pluto Press (UK). London 9780745338484 Publisher Url


Sabir R. 2021. The Iraq War and the Mirror of Violence The Terror Trap: The Impact of the War on Terror on Muslim Communities Since 9/11 Publisher Url Public Url

Blakeley R, Hayes B, Kapoor N, Massoumi N, Miller D, Mills T, Sabir R, Sian K, Tufail W, Kundnani A. 2019. Leaving the War on Terror A Progressive Alternative to Counter-Terrorism Policy Publisher Url Public Url

Book review

Sabir R. 2018. Radical skin, moderate masks: de-radicalising the Muslim & racism in post-racial societies ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, 41 :2384-2386 DOI Author Url Publisher Url


Sabir R. 2017. ‘Policing Austerity through the “War on Terror”’ Whyte D, Cooper V. The Violence of Austerity Pluto Press (UK) 9780745399485

Sabir R, Miller D. 2013. Counterterrorism as Counterinsurgency in the UK "War on Terror" Whyte D, Poynting S. Counter-Terrorism and State Political Violence :12-32 Routledge. Abingdon 9780415748094 Publisher Url

Sabir R, Miller D. 2012. Propaganda and Terrorism Daya Kishan T, Freedman D. Media and Terrorism :77-94 Sage. London 9781446201589 DOI Publisher Url

Journal article

Sabir R. 2017. Blurred Lines and False Dichotomies: Integrating Counterinsurgency into the UK’s domestic ‘War on Terror’ Critical Social Policy, 37 :1-27 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url