Dr Ibrahim Abraham

BA Hons, LLB, MA (Monash), PhD (Bristol)
Hans Mol Research Fellow in Religion and the Social Sciences
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Sociology 1608
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Religion And Religious Studies 2204

Research interests

  • The social scientific study of religion, primarily contemporary Christianity and Islam
  • The social scientific study of popular culture and youth culture, primarily popular music and the serious leisure perspective
  • The social scientific study of multiculturalism and social identities, primarily religious diversity and discrimination
  • The social scientific study of contemporary South Africa, primarily race/class dynamics in South African churches


Ibrahim is the Hans Mol Research Fellow in Religion and the Social Sciences, based in the Humanities Research Centre. A graduate of Monash University and the University of Bristol, he was previously a postdoctoral research fellow in the discipline of social and cultural anthropology at the University of Helsinki, a research assistant in La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue, and a part-time lecturer at the University of the West of England and Deakin University.

His research has abidingly focused on the role of religion in nominally secular social spheres, including popular music and sport, the focus of his book Evangelical Youth Culture: Alternative Music and Extreme Sports Subcultures, published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017. He is currently editing a book on the surprisingly successful subculture of Christian punk rock; working on his second monograph, concerning Christianity and the dynamics of race and class in contemporary South Africa; and thinking about the relationship between religion and leisure in contemporary society.

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