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9/11 Series

9/11 Series

In light of bin Laden's killing and the surprise of the Arab Spring, U.S. perceptions of the Middle East and its foreign policy must be reanalyzed. This brief discusses the declining relevance of the terrorism narrative and its incompatibility with the aspirations of the Arab street.

Much confusion continues to exist about the nature of the Pakistani Taliban in the context of Afghanistan’s ongoing insurgency against the United States. This brief discusses the history and background of the conflict in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), as well as the Pakistani Taliban’s ideological nature and characteristics of the movement in light of recent events.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Muslim children report increased cases of discrimination, feeling of isolation and being, ostracized at school by their peers. Based on research from focus group interviews with Arab American Muslim families, this policy brief provides insight into the realm of bullying

Looking at the field of neuroscience and social psychology, this brief seeks to provide a better understanding of the causes of prejudice towards Muslims and the ways that prejudice is reduced via media images. Several case studies will be highlighted that look at how the introduction of positive media images and content about an out-group can promote a shift in prejudice, bias, and stereotyping.

While post-9/11 preventive counterterrorism policies have adversely impacted various groups of Americans, no group has been as deeply affected as the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities. This brief focuses on three of the most damaging components of the counterterrorism preventive paradigm and the significant risks they pose to the civil rights and civil liberties of the communities most targeted by the policies.

Since 9/11, Muslim nonprofits, charities, and individuals have come under increased scrutiny due to national security concerns. This brief examines religiously prescribed giving practices among Muslims and provides the historic context of charitable giving among American Muslims over the last several decades. Challenges to and the reshaping of American Muslims philanthropic practices in the post 9/11 era will also be examined

The effects of 9/11 were most keenly felt in the United States, but in a globalized world millions were impacted by the attack, including many in Europe. This brief seeks to highlight some of the most salient issues and illustrate how 9/11 has affected Europe’s social, political, and legal landscape.

It is quite troubling to witness the United States consistently use force against and violate the territorial sovereignty of a nation that it officially proclaims to be an important ally in its declared fight against global terrorism, especially when the Government of Pakistan has explicitly and repeatedly condemned such U.S. attacks as a violation of its territorial sovereignty and as a serious undermining of its own fight against curbing terrorism emanating from Pakistan. 


Jul 26, 2011 - Cosponsored by the Center for American Progress

In recent months, bills have been introduced in more than two dozen states that would “ban” the practice of Shariah law—despite the fact that Shariah is not a collection of laws but a set of diversely interpreted guidelines for religious practice. This panel will feature a panel of experts who will explain the basics of Shariah, compare its precepts with those of Christianity and Judaism, dissect how it is being used as a wedge issue in political campaigns, and examine the real impact on Muslim American communities.

Sep 08, 2011 -

Please join the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and the Charity and Security Network for a roundtable with ISPU Fellow Zahra Jamal discussing her latest publication, "Charitable Giving among Muslim Americans: Ten Years after 9/11."

Sep 15, 2011 - Cosponsored by Michigan State University

With the continuing developments in the Middle East and ongoing questions surrounding American Muslim identity, a panel of experts come together to address and reflect on significant post 9/11 issues, such as the War on Terror and its global impact.

Sep 15, 2011 - Cosponsored by Washington University at St. Louis

Exploring the legal and social issues that 9/11 has uncovered and examining the key role of Muslim communities in the debate, panel experts will foster a dialogue about the ideals of the Constitution and how to move forward toward a more inclusive society.

Sep 20, 2011 -
Join us for an evening with ISPU fellow and renowned Middle East expert, Fawaz Gerges, discussing his latest book "The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda."

Sep 23, 2011 - Cosponsored by DePaul University

There has been a growing awareness in America of Islam's impact on the American religious landscape and concerns over what that portends. The conference will include voices of policymakers, journalists and the business community as stakeholders in the conversation.

Oct 07, 2011 - Cosponsored by Columbia University

There has been little research or policy analysis about the ways Muslims in America engage politically and civically, and about how recent laws, policies and social pressures have affected their civic and political engagement. Scholars and policymakers will speak at this conference to look at the American Muslim experience from the standpoint of rights, political participation and relations with the state.