Rasheed El Shabazz

Rasheed El Shabazz

ISPU Black Muslim Experiences Research Fellow

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Rasheed El Shabazz is the inaugural ISPU Black Muslim Experiences Research Fellow. His project, The Mosque and the Block, builds on the findings in the US Mosque Survey 2020, which showed a decline in the number of African American masjids and attendees. Shabazz is concerned with the impacts of neighborhood change, particularly gentrification and displacement, on the connections between African American mosques and neighborhoods. He also seeks to understand the housing experiences of African American Muslims and the impact on community engagement.

Shabazz has worked as a youth development professional, journalist, researcher, and community organizer. His work in the Muslim community has focused on the surveillance of Muslims, reentry services, and support for political prisoners. Shabazz previously served on the board of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) and currently leads Habari Ummah, an effort focused on news, events, and culture in the Bay Area. He is a father and cares for a cat named after Safiyah Bukhari.


MCP, Masters of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

BA, African American Studies and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Expertise

  1. Housing Insecurity (residential segregation, racial banishment, and homelessness)
  2. Housing Justice (eviction and foreclosure defense, homeless unions and tenant organizing, community land trusts and cooperatives)
  3. Mass Media (representing geographies)



  • More than half of American Muslims contributed to providing aid and solutions to the challenges of the pandemic, compared to 39% of the general public.

  • American Muslims report slightly higher negative mental health impacts than the general public from COVID-19.

  • There is much speculation about what policy issues are salient to American Muslim voters. ISPU offers data to inform conversations about American Muslim’s civic engagement, including policy concerns.

  • 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...

  • While Muslims have the lowest levels of Islamophobia as a group, they are not immune to internalizing anti-Muslim stereotypes.

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