Ihsan Bagby

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Ihsan Bagby

Expert

Areas of Expertise: American Muslims, American Mosques, Arab Americans, Islamophobia, Muslims in the West

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Ihsan Bagby is an ISPU Expert and an Associate Professor in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. His research has focused on Muslims in America.  In 2001 he published the results of the first comprehensive study of mosques in America, entitled The Mosque in America: A National Portrait.  Based on the 2001 study, Dr. Bagby has published four articles, “Imams and Mosque Organizations in the United States,” in Muslims in the United States, “A Profile of African American Mosques” in Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, “Attitudes of Mosque Participants Towards America,” in the forthcoming book A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America, and “The Mosque in the American Public Square,” in Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square  Dr. Bagby received his PhD in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan with a specialty in Islamic Law.

Education

PhD Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

  1. American Muslims
  2. American Mosques
  3. Arab Americans
  4. Islamophobia
  5. Muslims in the West

Publications

  • After conducting extensive research, analyzing the data, and creating a set of practical recommendations, ISPU’s Reimagining Muslim Spaces team has been traveling across the country sharing our findings directly with mosque leaders, volunteers, and attendees via a two-hour interactive workshop. In order to increase our...

  • This is the Executive Summary for ISPU’s Reimagining Muslim Spaces (RMS) report on creating a welcoming, inclusive and dynamic mosque. In an effort to enable Muslim communities across the country to build inviting, resilient and relevant institutions, we conducted multiple focus groups with a diverse group...

  • In an effort to enable Muslim communities across the country to build inviting, resilient and relevant institutions, we conducted multiple focus groups with a diverse group of congregants and mosque leaders. Rather than try to “isolate all the problems” with existing institutions, we asked leaders...

  • During the summer of 2004, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) released the results of an extensive study on Detroit metropolitan area mosques. Dr. Ihsan Bagby of the University of Kentucky conducted the study, surveying more than 1,300 participants from twelve different local...

  • Mosques are the cornerstone of the Islamic experience in America. One sign of the growing presence of Muslims in the United States has been the rapid growth of Muslim civil society, characterized by a dramatic increase in the number of mosques, social and political organizations,...

  • Mosques are the cornerstone of the Islamic experience in America. One sign of the growing presence of Muslims in the United States has been the rapid growth of Muslim civil society, characterized by a dramatic increase in the number of mosques, social and political organizations,...