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Illinois Muslims:

Needs, Assets, and Opportunities

Who are Illinois Muslims, and what are their assets and needs? What opportunities exist for leaders, officials, volunteers, policymakers, corporations, media members, and social/civic/philanthropic organizations on how best to understand and support the Muslim community in Illinois?

This report presents an empirical assessment of the strengths and struggles of the Illinois Muslim community, with a comparison to the Illinois general public.

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois
Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois

A Historic Study

This report presents an empirical assessment of the strengths and struggles of the Illinois Muslim community based on nearly 1,800 completed surveys collected from October 15, 2021 to January 31, 2022, with a comparison to the Illinois general public, and four focus groups with Illinois Muslims held between March 22 and March 25. The focus groups consisted of two with Muslim respondents of any age, race or ethnicity, one with African American Muslims only, and one with young adults aged 18-29. The topics examined, in both the survey and focus groups, were curated with community stakeholder input to reflect the priorities of those impacted. 

This report is the product of three years of tireless effort by Illinois leaders and researchers to define, fund, and execute this historic study. This research was convened by the IL Muslim Civic Coalition and partners and conducted by the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois Chicago (IPCE) and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU). The results of this research can help guide leaders, officials, volunteers, policymakers, corporations, and social/civic organizations on how best to understand and support Muslim communities in Illinois. This report has deep implications across the nation.

Report Partner Organizations

This research was convened by the IL Muslim Civic Coalition and partners and conducted by the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois Chicago (IPCE) and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU).

IL Muslim Civic Coalition

The IL Muslim Civic Coalition is a partnership of Activists, Influencers, and Organizations. The Coalition convenes, collaborates, and amplifies social and civic efforts with diverse and underrepresented races, faiths, and communities. We do this critical work through integrated initiatives that drive us towards Equity and Civic Justice.

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Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

ISPU provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making. Our research aims to educate the general public and enable community change agents, the media, and policymakers to make evidence-based decisions.

Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois Chicago (IPCE)

IPCE focuses on transforming democracy by creating a more fully engaged community with more effective leaders. As a catalyst for learning and action, the Institute creates opportunities for scholars, students, community members and government officials to actively participate in social discourse, research, and educational programs on policy issues and social trends.

Report Sponsors

We would like to acknowledge our generous supporters whose contributions made this report possible, including:

Sponsoring organizations include: IL Muslim Civic Coalition, The Field Foundation, Bank of America, Waraich Family Fund, Pillars Fund, Affinity Health, MAC Corporation, The Chicago Cubs, Zakat Foundation of America, Movement Voter Project, Tides Foundation, Zakat Chicago, The Mecca Center

Sponsoring families and individual include: Mazen Asbahi and Lena Shahbandar, Kamran Family, Imad and Linda Kamran, Zaher Sahloul and Suzanne Akhras, Sayeed and Alimuddin Family, Mohammad Shamim Mozaffar Fund, Safaa Zarzour and Family

Survey translations were generously provided by Saduddin Noorani, Interpreter.

Thank you to the Illinois Muslims Report Task Force members, who were key to this historic report. Special thanks to the IL Muslim Civic Coalition board members and community leaders who provided input and great support throughout the process. Finally, thank you to all the partners and allies who shared the survey and recruitment notices, as well as those who participated in the research.

Illinois Muslims: Report Downloads

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Graphs for Illinois Muslims: Needs, Assets, and Opportunities

Click here to download all 44 graphs.

Age, Race, Location, Faith Background

Education, Politics, Identity

Food and Health Access

Family Dynamics

Finances, Charity, and Addiction

Faith Community, Racial and Gender Discrimination

Employment

Civic Engagement

Religious Discrimination and Bullying

Graphs for Illinois Muslims: Needs, Assets, and Opportunities

Click here to download all 44 graphs and figures.

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Podcast Overview

This episode of Deep Dives with ISPU was recorded with Dr. Dilara Sayeed of the IL Muslim Civic Coalition and Dr. Joseph Hoereth of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, interviewed by ISPU Director of Research, Dalia Mogahed.

In the News

In the News

Research Team

Dalia Mogahed

Report Co-Author

Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Dr. Joseph Hoereth

Co-Principal Investigator, Report Co-Author

Director, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, University of Illinois Chicago

Umair Tarbhai

Co-Principal Investigator

Research Associate, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, University of Illinois Chicago 

Ojus Khanolkar

Report Co-Author

Research Associate, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, University of Illinois Chicago

Roy Rothschild

Research Associate, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, University of Illinois Chicago

Erum Ikramullah

Research Project Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Convening Team: IL Muslim Civic Coalition

Dr. Dilara Sayeed

President, Strategy and Partnerships

Reema Kamran

President, Operations

Deena Habbal

Communications and Operations

Communications Team

Katherine Coplen

Director of Communications, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Rebecka Green

Communications and Creative Media Specialist, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Caroline Welford

Public Relations/Media, C Strategies, IL Muslim Civic Coalition

Advisor

Dr. Hatem Bazian

Professor and Senior Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley

Research Team

Dr. Joseph Hoereth

Co-Principal Investigator, Report Co-Author

Director, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, University of Illinois Chicago

Umair Tarbhai

Co-Principal Investigator

Research Associate, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, University of Illinois Chicago 

Dalia Mogahed

Report Co-Author

Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Ojus Khanolkar

Report Co-Author

Research Associate, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, University of Illinois Chicago

Roy Rothschild

Research Associate, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, University of Illinois Chicago

Erum Ikramullah

Research Project Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Convening Team: IL Muslim Civic Coalition

Dr. Dilara Sayeed

President, Strategy and Partnerships

Reema Kamran

President, Operations

Deena Habbal

Communications and Operations

Caroline Welford

Communications, C Strategies

ISPU Communications Team

Katherine Coplen

Director of Communications, ISPU

Rebecka Green

Communications and Creative Media Specialist, ISPU

Advisor

Dr. Hatem Bazian

Professor and Senior Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley

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