Thought Leadership


ISPU provides thought leadership by striving to populate discussions with voices that are knowledgeable about the needs and desires of the American Muslim community.

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Civil discourse. Respectful debate. Out-of-the-box thinking. Strategic visioning for a better future. ISPU leverages its own research and our extensive and diverse network of scholars to identify emerging trends and provide visionary analysis of the American Muslim community by offering platforms for open dialogue, producing insightful thought pieces, and supporting scholarship. ISPU op-eds, panels, convenings, and debates inform national conversations and foster a society in which Americans benefit and thrive.

Platforms for Discussion

Debating CVE

At the 2016 ISNA conference, ISPU held a debate on the relative harm or benefit of engaging with the U.S. government on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). On this page, ISPU compiled resources about CVE engagement and how it impacts the Muslim community, showcasing multiple perspectives.

Debating Engagement vs. Boycott

At the 2015 ISNA conference, ISPU held its first debate, which focused on the philosophical question of boycott versus engagement with those with whom you don’t agree.

Informing National Conversations

Recent Op-Eds

Khadija Gurnah on | August 29, 2017

Erik Love in The Charleston Gazette-Mail | August 13, 2017

Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terrorist Organization

ISPU has created a collection of resources that enables journalists, activists, policymakers, and scholars to learn more about the implications of designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Muslim American Experience Bibliography

This bibliography includes over 250 books published between 1966 and 2016 focused on Muslims and Islam in the United States.

Select Media Appearances


Dalia Mogahed on Meet the Press Daily | November 2016


Dalia Mogahed’s TED Talk | February 2016

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Dalia Mogahed on The Daily Show | January 2016

Strategic Visioning

Sahar Aziz

Sahar Aziz testifying before Homeland Security | September 2016

Dalia Mogahed at the DNC Platform Drafting Committee | June 2016