Islamophobia

A Threat to All

ISPU examines the impact of Islamophobia on the wider public and offers historical context as well as modern day best practices to meet this challenge.

The year 2050 is when many experts project that America will become a nation without a specific ethnic or racial majority. While some welcome this growing diversity, others see it as a demographic threat and are working to broadly erode the rights of several historically marginalized and minority groups, including American Muslims. Seeking to offer solutions to the American Muslim community’s toughest challenges through sound research, ISPU launched Islamophobia: A Threat to All.

A young boy at a rally carries a sign that says "we have different religions, but we are still friends"
ISPU’s Islamophobia work is powerful. I use it all the time in my work organizing for social justice. Since hearing about the research, that showed the intersectionality between anti-Muslim bigotry and other types of bigotry, we have conducted more than 50 trainings to coalition build. And it works!

– Manzoor Cheema, Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia

Reports + Community Briefs

Restrictive Measures Map

A US map showing state control by republicans, democrats, or split

Click the graphic above to view an interactive map that 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.

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.

Videos

What do Muslims, immigrants, women, LGBTQ people, labor union members, and people of color have in common? They are all targets of restrictive legislation, often by the very same lawmakers. Watch this video to learn more.

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.

On the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Muslim Ban, a panel of experts discussed the law surrounding the Ban, links between societal and systematic Islamophobia, and frameworks to understand Islamophobia.

This event discussed Islamophobia in the context of an increasingly diverse America by highlighting ISPU research on anti-Muslim prejudice and its connection to bigotry targeting other communities.

Other Relevant Reading

  • 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...

  • This is a summary of the key findings of ISPU’s annual poll, which 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • This year’s American Muslim Poll, the fifth annual survey of its kind, released shortly before a critical election, was meant to be historic. But when we began planning for its release, we could not have imagined just how historic. Our fielding period was March 17...

  • This is a summary of the major findings of ISPU’s fifth annual poll showcasing American Muslim perspectives within the context of their nation’s faith landscape. Fielded during a national lockdown due to COVID-19, American Muslim Poll 2020: Amid Pandemic and Protest provides researchers, policymakers, and...

  • On the eve of the 2012 presidential elections, both Islam and Mormonism are becoming increasingly politicized in the public sphere. For President Barack Obama, the myth of his secret Muslim identity is ultimately “coded into political ‘otherness’ – he’s a socialist, he’s dangerous, maybe a...

  • As the 2012 presidential election season moves into full swing, the American Muslim minority community has become a more important player on the political landscape, especially in key swing states. However, data on its members’ political attitudes and behaviors have been limited and scattered. This...

  • The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most diverse regions in the United States. More than 30% of its population is foreign-born, and close to two-thirds of its residents under the age of 18 are the children of immigrants. Nearly 250,000 Muslims–one of...

  • The toxicity of this year’s election cycle is unprecedented in recent memory. Calls to ban Muslims, build walls to exclude immigrants, and deport others have now become acceptable policy recommendations for candidates and those who support them. Still, despite the daily rancor broadcast over the...

  • Since the firestorm that erupted following the proposal of the Park 51 development—the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”—in Manhattan in 2010, mosques have come to symbolize controversy and division for many Americans. Since that time, mosque developments nationwide have faced resistance from neighbors as well as...

  • President Obama is a Christian. The persistent belief that he is a Muslim highlights the significance of Islamophobia in the United States today. The implication, of course, is that a Muslim should not be President. Remarkably, this false belief remained widespread even after former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin...

  • A new report out today from New York University School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) describes how American counterterrorism efforts have singled out Muslim Americans by “sending paid, trained informants into mosques and Muslim communities.” The report finds that some...

  • There has been a sudden uptick in the number of violent hate crimes where the victims are thought to be Muslim or “Middle Eastern”. Sunando Sen, a Hindu man originally from India, was shoved in front of an oncoming subway train in New York City, where he...

  • According to a 2012 research study conducted by Pew, Muslims are the second largest religious group in Europe, constituting approximately 5.9 percent of the population. Their growing presence, attributed to an influx of migration from Muslim-majority societies, has been met by increased government restrictions on and related social...

  • The problem with the NYPD’s wanton disregard for the principle of equal protection is that all US citizens are affected by the harmful discrimination. People of colour – including Arab, Sikh and South Asian Americans – have borne the brunt of the NYPD’s Islamophobic policies,...

  • With election day around the corner, millions of Americans will be out voting; there will be races for governor, mayor, initiatives, and a variety of public offices. Many, however, will be denied this opportunity due to their criminal record. Increasingly, this is the case for...

  • Muslims are subversive jihadists. The Middle East is perpetually unstable. “Islam has bloody borders.” If you’ve already made up your mind, you’ll find a way to twist the facts to support your conclusion. And if the facts don’t do the job, you can always hire...

  • A closed mind is a terrible thing to behold. But it’s a far worse thing to have to engage. And yet we must. This Saturday, the woman who murdered a complete stranger by shoving him into the path of an arriving subway train was arrested....

Meet the Research Team

Saeed Khan

Saeed Khan

Co-Principal Investigator

ISPU Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern and Asian Studies at Wayne State University

Asma Uddin

Asma T. Uddin

Author, Religious Freedom and Discrimination in America – Then and Now

ISPU Legal Fellow and Counsel at the Becket Fund

Alejandro Beutel

Alejandro J. Beutel

Co-Principal Investigator & Project Manager

ISPU Policy and Research Engagement Fellow

Hussein Rashid

Hussein Rashid

Editor & Consultant

Meet the Research Team

Saeed Khan

Saeed Khan

Co-Principal Investigator

ISPU Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern and Asian Studies at Wayne State University

Asma Uddin

Asma T. Uddin

Author, Religious Freedom and Discrimination in America – Then and Now

ISPU Legal Fellow and Counsel at the Becket Fund

Alejandro Beutel

Alejandro J. Beutel

Co-Principal Investigator & Project Manager

ISPU Policy and Research Engagement Fellow

Hussein Rashid

Hussein Rashid

Editor & Consultant

Meet the Study Advisors

Jamiah Adams

Jamiah Adams

Nubian Sisters Productions

Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour

Arab American Association of New York

Daniel Tutt

Daniel Tutt

Unity Productions Foundations

Corey Saylor

Corey Saylor

Council on American-Islamic Relations, National Office

Nadia Tonovoa

Nadia Tonova

National Network for Arab American Communities

Meet the Study Advisors

Jamiah Adams

Jamiah Adams

Nubian Sisters Productions

Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour

Arab American Association of New York

Daniel Tutt

Daniel Tutt

Unity Productions Foundations

Corey Saylor

Corey Saylor

Council on American-Islamic Relations, National Office

Nadia Tonovoa

Nadia Tonova

National Network for Arab American Communities

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