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    Over the course of a two-day workshop, American Muslim activists, artists, scholars and advocates addressed challenges regarding the ideas of American Muslim identity and representation while encouraging a discussion of the opportunities and a broader view of the communities encompassed in the umbrella term "American Muslims".

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    ISPU hosted its Annual Spring Dinner on April 25, 2015. This year's theme was Elections 2016: American Muslims Organizing People, Power and Change. Special guests included Marshall Ganz, Rashida Tlaib, Suhail Khan, and Tamim Chowdhury. Please click here to view videos from the event.

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    ISPU's COO meets with President Obama as part of a group of American Muslim leaders from across the country. Click here to read more.

 

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Reports State of American Muslim Youth: Research & Recommendations Sameera Ahmed
Fellow

American Muslim youth are a heterogeneous group, with varying backgrounds, experiences, and needs. Families, schools, and communities can benefit from research on American Muslim youth to improve current approaches in youth programming and development. This report identifies the nuances and complexities of American Muslim youth’s developmental context and environments. It highlights research on underserved Muslim youth populations—namely young Muslim women, African-American Muslim youth, convert Muslim youth, and refugee Muslim youth. Risk factors and behaviors are also highlighted. Finally, eight youth programming recommendations that can be implemented around three developmental contexts (families, schools, and communities) are provided.
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Manufacturing Bigotry Community Brief Saeed Khan
Fellow
Alejandro Beutel
Fellow

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.
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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?
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RECENT ARTICLES

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...
If the last two elections are any indication, candidates in the 2016 presidential race may be tempted to engage in Muslim-bashing - playing off national security anxieties and fostering racial and religious animus - to win the vote. But anti-Muslim bigotry comes at a high cost to American Muslims, to America's international stature, and increasingly, to the political careers of those who fuel it. Read More...
By the look of things, America is suffering through a pretty bad identity crisis. As our society indulges in 50th anniversary commemorations of civil rights movement milestones and tragedies - such as the passage of the Voting Rights Act or the Sunday massacre at Selma police across the country continue to go unchastised for shooting unarmed, naked, and even mentally ill civilians. It is no surprise, then, that the Malcolm X is making a comeback in our national conversation about race, justice, and memory. Read More...

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