Muslims are the most racially, culturally, and ethnically diverse faith group in the country. According to ISPU research, 28% of American Muslims are African American, and 33% report experiencing discrimination based on race from within their faith community. Moreover, MuslimARC’s June 2015 preliminary study of race relations showed that many African American Muslims—including youth—constantly face ethnic and racial discrimination from within the American Muslim community. Join us in this discussion focused on creating inclusive environments for African American youth at South Asian- and Arab-majority mosques.
Our panelists include:
The Reimagining Muslim Spaces (RMS) study aims to stimulate and support mosques and community centers to meet the diverse social, civic, and economic needs of their congregants with special attention to often marginalized groups, including women, youth, and converts. Utilizing case study analysis produced by the RMS study, mosques and community centers can reduce barriers to participation, improve the services they offer, and increase constituent engagement. By providing recommendations that individuals, communities, and institutions can implement, the RMS study will help build community, reduce marginalization, and increase cohesiveness.