Imams Toolkit

The role of the imam is one of the most challenging and critical leadership roles in the American Muslim community. Imams are being called on to do more than lead prayers. They are often called on to council families and youth, interface with law enforcement, present Islam to the wider public, and more. This toolkit provides imams with vital research to help them in their important work. Everything in this toolkit is evidence based and draws on the expertise of some of the top scholars of American Muslim societies in the country.

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This series looks at the unique challenges that today’s young American Muslims face, including religious literacy, online safety, drug use, and issues surrounding both convert care and race.

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Reimagining Muslim Spaces

This comprehensive collection of resources aims to stimulate and support mosques to meet the diverse needs of their congregants, creating Muslim spaces that are welcoming, well governed, and hubs for hope.

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Marriage and Divorce

This study provides an understanding of the ways in which American Muslims perceive and utilize marriage education and marital interventions.

Mental Health

This collection of resources on American Muslim mental health can help individuals and mental health professionals more effectively address the unique challenges that Muslims face.

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Infographic Handouts

This series of infographics highlights important findings from the 2018 American Muslim Poll. Use these as a tool to learn more about American Muslim communities.

Yaqeen | ISPU Talk Toolkits

Khutbahs and Research Come Together

ISPU worked with the Yaqeen Institute to integrate ISPU research into a series of khutbahs developed by Yaqeen, allowing communities around the country to receive evidence-based and inspiring Friday sermons. These toolkits are specifically developed as a tool to empower and equip imams, youth directors, MSA leaders, and Islamic schools to address topics relevant to the concerns of American Muslims today. Want to use Yaqeen | ISPU Talk Toolkits to start conversations in your mosque about women’s inclusivity, civic engagement, community racism, Islamophobia, or reclaiming the narrative about Islam? Read more and view the materials. Watch out for more topics coming soon!

Building Mosques in America

  • This report is intended as a best practices guide for faith communities, as well as for the professionals and advocates supporting them, as they attempt to develop or expand houses of worship in the face of organized grassroots opposition. Recommendations are drawn from case studies...

  • This report is intended as a best practices guide for U.S. municipal authorities—elected officials,  municipal attorneys, planners and appointed review board members—as they steward and adjudicate development applications for mosques and related accessory uses and attempt to manage and reduce conflict around those proposals. Recommendations...

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Countering Violent Extremism Programs

What You Need to Know

CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) is a government program that seeks to stamp out violent extremism by providing resources to targeted communities to build and sustain on-the-ground prevention efforts. Since its initiation, CVE has become a topic of contention among politicians, critics and scholars. Is CVE effective, or does it unfairly place responsibility upon specific groups (often American Muslims) to prematurely detect terrorist activity? Contrasting viewpoints leave American Muslim communities wondering whether or not they should engage with law enforcement on CVE measures. On our CVE resource page, ISPU compiled resources about Countering Violent Extremism efforts and how they impact the Muslim community, showcasing multiple perspectives.

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