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RESEARCH MAKING AN IMPACT

THE LATEST

Available now: Native American and Indigenous Stories

Visions and Voices, the first publication from ISPU’s Native American and Indigenous Muslim Stories (NAIMS): Reclaiming the Narrative project, is the first-ever photo narrative project to center the lived experiences of Native American and Indigenous Muslims in the United States. Learn more→

Deep Dives with ISPU: American Muslim Poll 2022

In the latest episode of Deep Dives with ISPU, Director of Communications, Katherine Coplen, speaks with Director of Research, Dalia Mogahed, about the findings from our American Muslim Poll 2022. Listen now→

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American Muslim Poll 2022

We have published ISPU’s highly anticipated American Muslim Poll 2022: A Politics and Pandemic Status Report. This report provides a snapshot of American Muslims and Americans of other faiths as well as no faith two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. Get the report→

Donate to our End of Year fundraising campaign

We need to raise $375,000 by December 31, 2022 to ensure we’re hitting our budget to start 2023. You can help. Donate now→

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Research Making an Impact

WHAT IS ISPU?

ISPU provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making.

RECENT REPORTS

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American Muslim Poll 2022: A Politics and Pandemic Status Report

In its sixth installment, ISPU’s American Muslim Poll 2022 presents an updated demographic profile of American Muslims, diving into markers previously presented and new ones, including military service and jobs created, to further flesh out a profile of a growing and changing community. Get the report→

IL Muslims: Needs, Assets, and Opportunities

The Illinois Muslims: Needs, Assets, and Opportunities report presents an empirical assessment of the strengths and struggles of the Illinois Muslim community, with a comparison to the Illinois general public. Read the report→

American Muslim views on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement 

This is an early data release from the upcoming American Muslim Poll 2022 containing insights on what American Muslims believe about laws that penalize the boycott of Israel. Read the analysis→

What do Muslims believe about gun control legislation?

This is an early data release from the upcoming American Muslim Poll 2022 containing insights on what American Muslims believe about the firearm laws and regulations. Read the analysis→

WHAT IS ISPU?

ISPU provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making.

OUR RESEARCH

Our work makes impact in the following areas:

DEVELOPING
COMMUNITY

Researching family and wellness and building community capacity

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BUILDING
UNDERSTANDING

Protecting American pluralism and quantifying Muslim contributions

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PROVIDING
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Offering platforms for discussion and informing national conversations

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OUR RESEARCH

Our work makes impact in the following areas:

DEVELOPING
COMMUNITY

Researching family and wellness and building community capacity

yellow arrow pointing to the right

BUILDING
UNDERSTANDING

Protecting American pluralism and quantifying Muslim contributions

yellow arrow pointing to the right

PROVIDING
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Offering platforms for discussion and informing national conversations

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Juman Doleh-Alomary

“Thank you for your hard work. ISPU has always been and continue to be the beacon of knowledge and understanding through facts. Thank you again for making our Muslim community shine.”

JUMAN DOLEH-ALOMARY, Information Technology Audit Director at Wayne State
University and executive board member of Arab American Women’s Business Council

“In an age when deadlines are becoming ever shorter, email inboxes fuller, and newsroom staffs smaller, ISPU’s workshop is a beacon for journalists who strive to wade through the noise and seek out meaningful, often complex stories.”

JOURNALIST, Attendee of ISPU media training

Rashida Tlaib

“ISPU’s work is very profound. There’s so much truth in what they do—even making our community put a mirror up and saying this is what’s going on. I think that’s critically important.”

CONGRESSWOMAN RASHIDA TLAIB (MI-13)

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“You planted a seed about the need for better representation of Black Muslims—women in particular—in the media. The choice I made to feature a young, Black woman came out of [ISPU’s training for journalists]. The seminar helped me see my gaps and blind spots.”

LIZ KINEKE, Broadcast journalist

FEATURED TOOLKIT

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COUNTERING MOSQUE OPPOSITION

Recommendations for mosque leaders, policymakers, interfaith and community allies, and more.

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OUR IMPACT

STORY OF IMPACT

Using data for successful reentry

“Our organization, Tayba Foundation, has served the education and reentry needs of over 9,300 incarcerated men and women across 42 states in over 500 prisons. Over 90% of our student population are African American and the majority converted while in prison.

So, we were very excited to attend the ISPU webinar on African Americans and mosque attendance to see what we could learn and take back to benefit our students. Myself and a number of the Tayba team attended the event and then had multiple follow-up team discussions about what was shared. The event and the research gave us more insight into some of the dynamics that we must consider. We know that part of successful reentry for returning citizens is to be part of a masjid community, and the ISPU research will aid in how we coach our clients and students on how to best bring regular masjid attendance into one’s life.”

– Rami Nsour, Founding Director of Tayba Foundation

OUR IMPACT

Sadia Khan (far right) with the UC Berkeley MSA Political Action Committee

STORY OF IMPACT

A Student’s Compelling Testimony

We know anecdotally that Muslim college students suffer from Islamophobia, but there was room to learn much more. So, ISPU partnered with MSA West to survey over 500 Muslim college students across California, gaining important insights on the well-being of a vulnerable and under-researched population. What we discovered is already making an impact.

Sadia Khan is a legal studies major at UC Berkeley and a member of her campus’ MSA Political Action Committee. In 2019, she testified on a panel at a California State Assembly hearing on campus climate… Read more→

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

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ISPU is a nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of individual donors to keep our research free and accessible to everyone who needs it. You can help us keep it that way.

OUR SUPPORTING PARTNERS

Democracy Fund
John Templeton Foundation
New York Community Trust
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Pillars Fund
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W.K. Kellogg Foundation
El-Hibri Foundation logo (a green bird with an olive branch in its beak superimposed on a light green pine tree)
Rise Together Fund a proteus fund inititative
The Bridge Initiative logo
MSA West logo
Common Counsel Foundation

OUR SUPPORTING PARTNERS

John Templeton Foundation
Democracy Fund
New York Community Trust
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Pillars Fund
American Muslim Fund: A Community Foundation
El-Hibri Foundation logo (a green bird with an olive branch in its beak superimposed on a light green pine tree)
Rise Together Fund a proteus fund inititative
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The Bridge Initiative logo
MSA West logo
Common Counsel Foundation
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