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RESEARCH MAKING AN IMPACT

THE LATEST

Webinar: Countering Mosque Opposition

Join us as we share new research that offers recommendations and resources to understand, preempt, and challenge opposition to mosque and Islamic center construction and expansion. Register today→

Deep Dives with ISPU: Leadership qualities in nonprofit spaces

In the latest episode of Deep Dives with ISPU, an update to an episode of Nonprofit Nuggets, a podcast by former board member M. Gasby Brown. Gasby and Meira Neggaz discuss success in fundraising using ISPU as a case study. Listen now→

Accessibility at ISPU

We are a recently MUHSEN-certified organization able to provide services and accommodations to make our research and events more accessible. Learn more→

Read our 2021 Annual Report

A year of growth. Hear from partners about our impact, read about our research projects, and learn more about the programs and projects made possible with your support. Read the report→

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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

A third of Americans in distress seek mental health support

An analysis from our Community in the Time of Corona project finding Muslims are more likely than the general public to rely on faith and family to cope with mental distress. Read the analysis→

What do Muslims believe about the legality of abortion?

This is an early data release from the upcoming American Muslim Poll 2022. Insights on what American Muslims believe about the legality of abortion across faith, race, and gender. Read the analysis→

Report: Mental Health of Muslim Healthcare Workers

This report seeks to understand how American Muslim healthcare workers (HCWs) in the United States have been impacted the stress of COVID-19, and how they have coped with it. Read the report→

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Black Muslims and younger Muslims least likely to be vaccinated

American Muslim Poll 2022 early data release shows updates on vaccine uptake and hesitancy among American Muslims and other faith groups. Read the data release→

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 PROJECT

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ONLINE COURSES

In partnership with ReligionAndPublicLife.org, online learning featuring ISPU research.

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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. During her testimony, Sadia shared with  assembly members data from our report on how many Muslim students reported facing religious discrimination on campus… Read more→

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
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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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