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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Youth

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.

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...

Helpful Data

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.

ISPU Infographic - Weekend Islamic School_111219 - Final

This infographics provides recommendations for weekend Islamic school teachers and administrators to help them better prepare children for the life ahead.

Muslims Profess More Private Religious Devotion, Less Public Religious Assertiveness 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.

Figure 13: A bar graph showing that unwanted sexual advances from faith leaders are equally prevalent across faith groups
Figure 14: A bar graph showing that all faith groups, except Muslims, are more likely to report unwanted sexual advances from a faith leader to community leadership than law enforcement
Figure 21: A bar graph showing that those who know a Muslim are twice as likely to be favorable toward Muslims than those who do not
4 data-driven ideas for those combating Islamophobia graphic
Infographic showing 4 data-driven ideas for those working to increase Muslim political impact
Figure 9: A bar graph showing that most Americans want to live in a country where no one is targeted for their religious identity
Figure 10: A bar graph showing that most Americans believe negative political rhetoric toward Muslims is harmful to the US
Figure 11: A bar graph showing that most Americans oppose banning the building of mosques
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
Figure 4: Pie graph showing that dissatisfaction with choices and indifference, not theology, were the top reasons for Muslim's low voter turn-out
Figure 11, Part 2: Pie graph showing that Muslims are the most ethnically diverse faith community
Figure 13: Bar graph showing that Muslims are the most likely faith group to report low income
Figure 14: Bar graph showing that Black and Arab Muslims are most likely to report low income
Figure 24, Part 1: Bar graph showing that domestic violence plagues most faith communities equally
Figure 24, Part 2: Muslims are most likely to report violence to their faith leader
Figure 25: Bar graph showing that Muslim families are the most likely to face bullying
Figure 26: Bar graph showing that 1 in 4 Muslim bullying incidents involves a teacher
From Table 1 (Figure 1): Bar graph showing that Muslims are less likely than Jews and Christians to contribute to their faith institutions
Figure 8: Bar graph showing that, for Muslims, frequent mosque attendance is linked to greater civic engagement
Figure 9: Bar graph showing that Muslims are similar to Protestants in religious patterns (frequency in religious service attendance and importance of religion in daily life)

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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