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    How can we support the development of Muslim spaces that are welcoming, well governed and hubs for hope? In its Reimagining Muslim
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Reports Understanding Effective Civic Engagement | The Muslim Community Assoication of the San Francisco Bay Area: A Case Study Faiqa Mahmood

This second report in ISPU's "Reimagining Muslim Spaces" series presents a case study of the Muslim Community Association (MCA) located in Santa Clara, California, one of the largest mosques in the United States.

Manufacturing Bigotry Community Brief Saeed Khan
Alejandro Beutel

Demographics in the United States are changing rapidly, and the 2012 presidential election was a clear illustration of the Unites States’ movement toward a more diverse population. Forecasts indicate by 2050, or even 20432 the United States will not only be more populous, it will also be a “majority-minority” country. These demographic shifts will have major political, socio-economic, legal, and cultural impacts on public discourse and public policy.



In Islam Is a Foreign Country, Zareena Grewal explores some of the most pressing debates about and among American Muslims: what does it mean to be Muslim and American? Who has the authority to speak for Islam and to lead the stunningly diverse population of American Muslims? Do their ties to the larger Muslim world undermine their efforts to make Islam an American religion?


Islamophobia activism has done more to unite American Muslim activism under a common umbrella than perhaps any other social issue. Other activist issues, from immigration, to U.S. foreign policy, to Palestine have paled in comparison to what the threat of Islamophobia has been able to achieve. The cause of combating Islamophobia is such a strong unifier of Muslim activism because it is premised on a positive set of ideals that strike a chord in American immigrant narratives. Not only does it promote a form of social change, but it also succeeds with a wide array of American Muslims because it presents a way for them to participate in the project of resolving identity conflicts between what it means to be both an American and a Muslim. Read More...
Did you know that October is national bullying prevention month? To be effective, it’s critical to identify emerging patterns in bullying that uniquely impacts diverse groups such as Muslim students. Just last month, the world was shocked when local Texan school officials had Ahmed Mohamed handcuffed, detained, and suspended for inventing a clock that beeped in class. The teen is now moving to Qatar. A number of commentators have correctly observed that the incident reflects intensifying Islamophobia. It also reveals the role that some adults play in fostering anti-Muslim bias in our schools and creating a hostile learning environment for Muslim students in violation of federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws and policies. Bullying is not limited to youth who target classmates. Read More...
An item in this week’s LGBT Global Roundup about the struggle to recognize marginalized pro-LGBT voices in the Arab world, reminds us that while religious voices are typically the loudest in denying human dignity, religions are not homogeneous. Here in the US, meanwhile, much of the post-Obgergefell v. Hodges opposition is framed as a religious concern, though it’s seldom noted there have been deep, ongoing debates about inclusion in American Muslim communities for years. Globally, key movements in the US, France, and South Africa receive the majority of media attention for more progressive discussions on sexuality and Islam, though a 2011 report shows how pervasive (and deep) these conversations truly are. Read More...
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court extended marriage rights to same-sex couples in all 50 states. The shift toward acceptance of gays and lesbians has generated a muted debate among American Muslims. That there has been no knee-jerk reaction to the ruling is a testimony to the growing maturity and independence of the American Muslim community. (About 42 percent of American Muslims support same-sex marriage, according to the Public Religion Research Institute.) This is even more important because the Supreme Court decision came during the month of Ramadan. Passionate discussions are taking place at iftar tables, in mosques, at the breakfast table and on social media. Read More...


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