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? slideshow

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

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

This series of infographics highlights key 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

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

Four Data-Driven Ways to Combat Islamophobia Infographic

This series of infographics highlights important findings on Islamophobia, civic engagement, and religious devotion from the 2019 American Muslim Poll.

Muslims are less satisfied with the direction of the country vs previous years, but more politically engaged graphic

This series of infographics highlights important findings on Islamophobia, civic engagement, and Muslim women from the 2018 American Muslim Poll.

8 strategies for educators flyer

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

Dive into the Data

The graphs and graphics below show important findings from our 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 American Muslim Poll.

DEMOGRAPHICS

DISPARITIES

AMERICAN ATTITUDES

FAITH + IDENTITY

MUSLIM WOMEN

ISLAMOPHOBIA

Videos

Islamophobia is pervasive and intensely damaging, but it can be combated, and ISPU’s data can show you how. Watch this video for four data-driven ways to combat Islamophobia.

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.

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

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

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.

Back to the Basics

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

American Muslim Poll

This 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. These findings provide empirical evidence that can be used to respond to stereotypes about American Muslims.

Map of the United States

Restrictive Measures Map

This 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. The 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.

Two young, Black Muslim women posing and smiling

Black Muslim Experiences

From independence to abolition, the Civil Rights Movement to the current movement for Black Lives, Black Muslim history is defined by resilience and struggle. This page highlights Black Muslim experiences that are too often ignored.

A doctor wearing a black hijab checks a patient chart on a clipboard

Community in the Time of Corona

This study serves as a living document, recording the story of American Muslim impact during the time of COVID-19. ISPU collected survey responses from across the country and created an interactive map sorted by state and category.

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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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