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A Closer Look at Muslim Poverty

Last year, we discovered that Muslims were the most likely faith community to report low income. Now we’re taking our analysis a step further. What do American Muslims believe about the cause of poverty? Do low-income Muslims feel poor? Read our analysis to find out→

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4 Data-Driven Ways to Combat Islamophobia

Watch our new video to learn more about how you can combat Islamophobia in America, and then share with a friend! Watch now→

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New Analysis: How Religious Are American Faith Groups?

According to our 2019 American Muslim Poll, Muslims are more likely to express private personal devotion to their faith, but are less likely to say they would publicly stand up to defend their faith. Why might this be? Read our analysis→

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Explore Our Talk Toolkits

ISPU | Yaqeen Talk Toolkits are developed to empower imams, youth directors, MSA leaders, and Islamic schools to address topics relevant to the concerns of American Muslims today. Explore our toolkits→

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Research Making an Impact

WHAT IS ISPU?

At ISPU, we envision an America where Muslims are thriving and equal participants. And we believe relevant, rigorous research in the right hands will help us get there.

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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Saba Maroof

“As a mother, I see how ISPU is changing the atmosphere my children are growing up in. As a professional, I use ISPU’s work to increase cultural competence, so that future specialists might be a little bit better equipped the next time they are treating a Muslim patient who has been admitted for psychiatric reasons.”

DR. SABA MAROOF, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

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

liz kineke

“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 TOOLKITS

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ISPU | YAQEEN TALK TOOLKITS

Talk toolkits to equip imams, youth directors, MSA leaders, and Islamic schools to address topics relevant to the concerns of American Muslims

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SPOTLIGHT STORY

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Equipping Faith Leaders

“It is not enough that people [who attend our events] don’t know about Islam and Muslims,” says Catherine Orsborn, Executive Director of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign. “It’s that they think they know a lot, and we need to work through all these myths that they’ve been entrenched in.”

The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign equips American faith leaders with tools to address anti-Muslim discrimination and violence. They come into contact with many people who don’t know a single Muslim person, yet have internalized a lifetime of anti-Muslim rhetoric. ISPU research is key in banishing those dangerous stereotypes… 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
American Muslim Fund: A Community Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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Rise Together Fund a proteus fund inititative
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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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