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ISPU’s Center for Global Health (CGH) provides in-depth analysis of global health policy and its impact on Muslims around the world. CGH brings together talented scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines to synthesize social science and public health research related to Muslim communities, with the goal of advising policy makers both in the U.S. as well as Muslim majority countries. CGH is committed to research on topics that are relevant to policy makers, journalists, and the general public, with the aim of providing accessible information to diverse stakeholders.

CGH conducts original research on topics such as family and mental health, substance abuse, and assessing the delivery of health services to immigrants, the poor and other underserved communities. We commission experts to share their original research on Muslims through policy briefs and reports, opinion editorials and interviews in the mainstream media. In addition to CGH’s research initiatives and regular collaborations with other research institutes and universities, we sponsor conferences and workshops, and provide pilot funding for original research that explores the intersection of culture, religion, and public health.

CGH’s research areas of focus include the following:

  • Analysis of the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS programs in Muslim populations in Africa
  • Identifying and reducing barriers to accessing healthcare services among Muslim Americans
  • Addressing ways that culture and religion shape and inform how Muslims understand and consume health care
  • Studies of the role of Islamic Chaplains in providing spiritual care to inform and improve the delivery of inpatient services to Muslim Americans
  • Impact of U.S. policies on American Muslim communities and health professionals
  • Partnerships and strategies to address the psychological and social needs of American Muslim youth


Date: 2/1/2015

Since 9/11, American Muslims have been the subject of intense negative attention. In 2010, the negative attention turned into a series of organized actions against the community, including attempts to burn the Qur’an, protests against mosque building, and state legislators introducing anti-religion bills targeting Muslims. ISPU launched its latest research project, Islamophobia: A Threat to All, to contribute to knowledge about anti-Muslim bigotry. The project tracks trends related to the nation’s ongoing social, political, and demographic transformation in the years leading to 2050 and converting that data into actionable suggestions for advocates, community leaders, and legislators. ... » read more

Date: 3/27/2013

This pilot study initiates the process of documenting the prevalence of alcohol use among this specific population and to explore potential areas of intervention. In particular, this pilot study examines the relationship of alcohol use and various factors: family, religiosity, personal beliefs, and social influences. Our research combined an innovative sampling technique – respondent-driven sampling – with a web-based survey to gather data on this difficult-to-reach group. ... » read more

Farid Senzai
ISPU Fellow
Lance Laird
Wahiba Abu-Ras
Date: 11/2/2012

A first-of-its-kind portrait of American Muslim Physicians: demographic characteristics, identity and values, civic and political engagement, and challenges with discrimination. ... » read more

Date: 3/24/2011

The devastating 2010 flood in Pakistan, the worst humanitarian disaster on the face of this planet in recent history, resulted in over 1.6 million damaged houses damaged, many razed to the ground, and 3.2 million hectares of standing crops inundated. Twenty percent of the country’s land mass—more than the entire landmass of Italy—has been affected. Millions of poor people in the riverside communities of the Indus have been pushed further into poverty. U ... » read more

Date: 11/10/2014

Since 9/11, the public spotlight on American Muslims has been intense, and much of the time the exposure has been negative. The level of scrutiny on American Muslims has increased over the years, particularly since 2010 when Florida-based pastor Terry Jones sought to burn the Qur’an publicly; a national controversy erupted over plans to build a Muslim community center near the World Trade Center; and Louisiana and Oklahoma adopted anti-Islam legislation seeking to prohibit Muslims from practicing their faith. ... » read more



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. Read More...
Although there are various approaches to help couples achieve healthy relationships, little is known about how American Muslims perceive and utilize marriage education programs and counseling interventions, as well as how they navigate marital disputes, and utilize professional and religious-based services to prevent divorce. Read More...
All around the country, Americans can be found working to promote a culture of peace in subtle ways. Read More...