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When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report highlights trends and patterns surrounding Islamophobia since the start of the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle. It does so in the broader context of hatred, violence and social hostilities confronting Muslims as a minority faith group in contemporary America and with a particular focus on acts and threats of violence. Since 2015, [...]

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“Civilization Jihad:” Debunking the Conspiracy Theory

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW • Presidential candidate Ben Carson has recently peddled a conspiracy theory about a Muslim “civilization jihad” plan to take over America. • Carson gets his ideas from Frank Gaffney, who was also Donald Trump’s dubious source in calling for a Muslim ban. Gaffney says a 1991 memo written by a […]

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Islamophobia in 2015: The Good, the Bad, and the Hopeful

Looking back at the last twelve months, it can initially appear that Islamophobia was pretty bad in 2015. And indeed it was. Attacks against Muslims in the United States and their institutions have occurred in rapid succession. Meanwhile, leading politicians and the voting public have expressed increasingly anti-Muslim views. Even though FBI hate crime statistics [...]

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Trump Calls for Ban on Muslims, Cites Deeply Flawed Poll

Update (December 7, 2015) In a press release today, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." His statement also cites a deeply flawed poll conducted by the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a group with a [...]

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How American Muslims Are Countering Islamophobia and Getting It Right

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, many have noted an increase in Islamophobia in America. Presidential candidates have made troubling comments about American Muslims and refugees seeking to escape violence in the Middle East, while ordinary citizens have threatened mosques and targeted Muslim individuals in physical attacks. Writing in Cornerstone, a blog of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace […]

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Anti-Muslim “Global Rally for Humanity” Stands in Contrast to Events Promoting Coexistence

Against the backdrop of increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric, a coalition of online activists is calling on “patriots” to organize protests in front of mosques across the United States. Dubbed the “Global Rally for Humanity,” events are planned in at least 20 cities nationwide on October 9th and 10th. Claiming that “[h]umanity is attacked daily by radical [...]

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New Research on Dehumanization Sheds Light on Americans’ Views of Muslims

In recent days, the news cycle has been full of coverage of Ahmed the Clockmaker’s unfair arrest, Ben Carson’s opposition to a Muslim president, and Donald Trump’s lacking response to a supporter who stated: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims…we have training camps brewing where they want to kill us. That’s […]

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Islamophobia in the 2016 Elections

[This piece was originally published on April 25, 2015. The candidates statements are updated frequently, and the introduction was updated in January 2016.]

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