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 4702
  • Religion And Religious Studies 2204

Research interests

Sociology of religion

Sociology of culture


After receiving my PhD from the University of Bristol in 2012, I worked at La Trobe University's Centre for Dialogue before joining the University of Helsinki as a research fellow from 2013-2018. 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 expertise lies in qualitative research methods and ethics, as well as the study of contemporary religion and culture. 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, and my edited book Christian Punk: Identity and Performance, also published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2020.

My second monograph, Race, Class and Christianity in South Africa: Middle-Class Moralities was published by Routledge in August 2021, based on ethnographic research (i.e. "deep hanging out") in the beautiful city of Cape Town. In August 2021 I also completed a small DFAT-funded research project 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, co-editing the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, the publication of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion, co-supervising some seriously brilliant PhD students, doing some guest lecturing around the uni, and convening the 2022 "Works that Shaped the World" public lecture series; twenty public lectures over the course of the year looking at important religious texts and events, from the Peasants' Revolt to "The Exorcist". In May 2022 I will also be running the two-day National Graduate Workshop on the topic of "Representing Belief" for HDR students from across the country.

Updating publications on this website takes quite some time, so more thorough lists of my publications (including those before I joined ANU) are available from the links at the bottom of this page, especially my Researchgate page.


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