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RESEARCH MAKING AN IMPACT

THE LATEST

DC Rally for Gaza Ceasefire on November 4, 2023 // Photo by Susan Melkisethian

Analysis: Majority of Muslim and Jewish Democrats Favor a Permanent Ceasefire in Gaza

ISPU’s new research series, titled “Religious Groups’ Views on Ceasefire,” starts with a look at American religious and non-religious groups’ support for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and where respondents place blame for the ongoing violence. Read the analysis→

Resources on American Muslims and the Impact of Events in Palestine, Israel, and Surrounding Region

ISPU offers a selection of resources that can lend perspective on these domestic issues arising, including research, toolkits, and ISPU Scholar analysis. Access the research and resources→

Deep Dives with ISPU: Muslims in the U.S. Prison System

In the latest episode of Deep Dives with ISPU, Executive Director, Meira Neggaz, speaks with SpearIt about prisoner litigation, the demographics of Muslims in prison, how Muslims in prison have contributed to culture and social progress, and much more. Listen now→

Download our new infographic on the halal preferences of American Muslims

In October of 2023, we published an analysis about halal preferences and food insecurity amongst Muslims in the United States. This new, downloadable infographic summarizes these findings and goes into detail about select demographics. Download the infographic→

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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

Native American and Indigenous Muslims: Reclaiming the Narrative | Trends and Treasures

Available now, Trends and Treasures is a thematic report of the strengths and struggles of Native American and Indigenous Muslims from the NAIMS project. Learn more→

Analysis: The Majority of Muslims in the U.S. Either Prefer or Require Keeping a Halal Diet

This analysis explores how the vast majority of Muslims require or prefer eating halal, which refers to religiously prescribed dietary guidelines. Read the analysis→

Report: Latino Attitudes Towards American Muslims and Islam

 In partnership with IslamInSpanish, we’ve released research on Latino views of Muslims and Islam. The digital report and PDF report and key findings are available now in both English and Spanish. Read the report→

Islamophobia is Pervasive, Systemic, and a Threat to All

For more than 20 years, ISPU has conducted research on American Muslims and the issues impacting upon Muslim communities. This resource page is a snapshot of what we currently know based on key findings of select reports. Read the findings→

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
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
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Common Counsel Foundation

OUR SUPPORTING PARTNERS

John Templeton Foundation
Democracy Fund
New York Community Trust
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