Dr Ibrahim Abraham

BA Hons, LLB, MA (Monash), PhD (Bristol)
Hans Mol Research Fellow in Religion and the Social Sciences
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
  • The social scientific study of popular and youth culture
  • The social scientific study of multiculturalism and social identities
  • The social scientific study of contemporary Africa (esp. South Africa)


After receiving my PhD from the University of Bristol, I was a research fellow at the University of Helsinki for five years. I joined the ANU in late 2018 as the Hans Mol Research Fellow in Religion and the Social Sciences, based in the Humanities Research Centre where I also convened the Herbert & Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry from June 2019 to September 2020.

My research has abidingly focused on the role of religion in nominally secular social spheres, including popular music and sport, the focus of my book Evangelical Youth Culture: Alternative Music and Extreme Sports Subcultures, published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017, republished in 2019, and my edited book Christian Punk: Identity and Performance, also published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2020, republished in 2021.

My second monograph, Race, Class and Christianity in South Africa: Middle-Class Moralities was published by Routledge in August 2021. In the same month I also completed a co-authored report for DFAT on the past, present and future of the study of Africa in the Australian Capital Territory.

I am currently working on a research project on Christianity and "serious" lesiure, basically inquiring into whether we can observe a distinct leisure ethic in the lives of ordinary Australian Protestants, rather than the old and often misunderstood idea of a Protestant work ethic, as well as co-editing the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, the publication of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion, and co-supervising some brilliant PhD students.

The process of updating the list of publications on this website remains a bit of a mystery to me, so more reguarly updated lists of my publications are available from the links at the bottom of this page.


Projects and Grants

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