American Muslims 101

Resources for Interfaith Leaders, Community Educators + Allies

In today’s climate of division, the work of outreach educators who inform the public about American Muslims is vital to unity and pluralism in the United States. This toolkit offers those of all faiths and no faith working to educate their communities about Americans who are Muslim resources to strengthen their work. On this page, you’ll find educational handouts and videos, relevant research, and useful reports and articles to empower you take what you learn and share that knowledge with those who need it most.

Please reach out to us at info@ispu.org with questions and to let us know how you are using this toolkit.

American Muslims 101

Resources for Interfaith Leaders, Community Educators + Allies

In today’s climate of division, the work of outreach educators who inform the public about American Muslims is vital to unity and pluralism in the United States. This toolkit offers those of all faiths and no faith working to educate their communities about Americans who are Muslim resources to strengthen their work. On this page, you’ll find educational handouts and videos, relevant research, and useful reports and articles to empower you take what you learn and share that knowledge with those who need it most.

Please reach out to us at info@ispu.org with questions and to let us know how you are using this toolkit.

Presenting on American Muslims

Who are American Muslims? powerpoint presentation

Giving a presentation on American Muslims? Here are our “Who Are American Muslims?” slides, filled with relevant data and ready for you to use.

Educational Handouts

Who Are American Muslims infographic

Who are American Muslims?

This handout uses hard facts and human faces to provide a data-driven overview of who Muslims in America really are.

Equal Treatment Infographic 2

What occurs if a perpetrator of violence happens to be Muslim?

This series of infographics highlights important findings from our study Equal Treatment? Measuring the Legal and Media Responses to Ideologically Motivated Violence in the U.S.

Legislation Restricting Rights Hurts All Americans infographic

How does restrictive legislation hurt all Americans?

This infographic shows how the same legislators that target Muslims also often support laws that disproportionately harm other marginalized groups.

8 strategies for educators flyer

How do you address religious-based bullying?

This handout provides eight strategies for educators on how to best address religious-based bullying of Muslim kids.

Videos

The data from ISPU’s American Muslim Poll 2018 showed that most Americans want to live in a country free from bigotry against Muslims. But Islamophobia does exist in the margins—and it’s bad for everybody.

When you hear “Muslim women,” what do you think of? Here’s what the data from ISPU’s American Muslim Poll 2017 says.

How well do you know American Muslims? These facts from ISPU’s American Muslim Poll 2016 just might surprise you.

What would an America without Muslims look like? Watch this video based on ISPU’s Muslims for American Progress (MAP) project to learn more.

What is Islamophobia? Why is there so much of it? And how does it impact all of us? ISPU Director of Research Dalia Mogahed answers these questions.

Here Are the Facts

The graphs below show important findings from our 2017 and 2018 American Muslim Poll.

Figure 11, Part 1: Bar graph showing that Muslims are the most ethnically diverse faith community
Figure 12, part 1: A bar graph showing that most Muslims (86%) are Americans by birth or naturalization
Figure 17: Bar graph showing that Muslim education level similar to Christians
Figure 5: A bar graph showing that Muslims (71%) are the most likely to reject military attacks on civilians
Figure 6: A bar graph showing that Muslims, Jews, and the non-affiliated are the most likely to reject individual attacks on civilians
Figure 9: A bar graph showing that most Americans want to live in a country where no one is targeted for their religious identity
A graphic showing that a higher Islamophobia Index is linked to greater acceptance of military/individual targeting of civilians, greater acceptance of authoritarian attitudes, greater support for discriminatory policies such as the Muslim ban and surveillance of mosques
Figure 18: A bar graph showing Muslims (61%) experience the most religious discrimination
Figure 21: A bar graph showing that Muslim women experience more religious, racial discrimination but same level of gender discrimination as women in the general public
Figure 28: A bar graph showing that Americans of all backgrounds consider their American identity important
Figure 29: A bar graph showing that, unlike age peers, young Muslims (91%) are as likely as older Muslims (90-91%) to say religion is important to their identity

Here Are the Facts

These graphs show important findings from our 2017 and 2018 American Muslim Poll.

Back to the Basics

A group of protesters at the 2017 No Muslim Ban Protests in DC

American Muslim Poll

Our third annual poll measures attitudes and policy preferences that impact the lives of American Muslims, including results from Catholics, Protestants, Jews, white Evangelicals, and the non-affiliated. Our findings provide empirical evidence that can be used to respond to stereotypes about American Muslims.

Map of the United States

Restrictive Measures Map

Our interactive map uses data from over 3100 bills across all 50 states to track which state lawmakers supported legislation targeting reproductive rights, voting rights, refugees, Muslims, and more. Our analysis found that the same legislators who target Muslims also often support laws that harm other marginalized groups.

A collage of three Muslim faces

Muslims for American Progress

Today, issues surrounding American Muslims are central in our political discourse and popular culture. Yet most Americans say they don’t know a Muslim. The Muslims for American Progress (MAP) project provides a much-needed, evidence-based portrait of a deeply misunderstood community.

A journalist holding a recorder and two microphones while writing in a notepad

Journalists Toolkit

The role of the media in informing the public has never been more important, especially when it comes to marginalized communities. At the same time, journalists are constantly asked to cover more and more, with less resources. ISPU created this guide to help media professionals cover Muslims objectively and creatively.

Other Useful Reading

  • This is a summary of the key findings of ISPU’s fourth annual poll, which surveys Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, white Evangelicals, and those that consider themselves non-affiliated to compare attitudes across religious groups. Triumphs and tribulations punctuated the year leading up to ISPU’s fourth annual...

  • Returning for its fourth year, ISPU’s annual poll surveys Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, white Evangelicals, and those that consider themselves non-affiliated to compare attitudes across religious groups. Triumphs and tribulations punctuated the year leading up to ISPU’s fourth annual poll. Record-breaking voter turnout at the...

  • Given the prevalence rates and negative mental health outcomes associated with religious-based bullying, it must be considered a public health issue in need of prevention and intervention attention. This brief provides insights from the first-ever National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit held in Washington, DC, on December...

  • ISPU’s annual poll returns for a third year to measure the attitudes and policy preferences that impact the lives of American Muslims across faith communities, including results from Catholics, Protestants, Jews, white Evangelicals, and the non-affiliated. In American Muslim Poll 2018: Pride and Prejudice, we...

  • On Saturday (June 10), Marches Against Sharia are planned in more than two dozen U.S. cities. News like this might generate two conflicting instincts. On the one hand, the claim that Shariah is taking over American law seems far-fetched — almost paranoid — and maybe...

  • 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...

  • If you are interested in women’s rights and Islamic law, you have plenty to read. Mostly, you will find descriptions of how Islamic law treats women unequally, often with significant criticism of Islamic law as a whole based on this premise. Sometimes you will find...

  • “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” So we were taught in primary school. But, did you know that the captains of two of the three small Spanish ships comprising Columbus’s fleet were in fact Muslim? Martin Alonso Pinzon the captain of the Pinta and...

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