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Factsheet: President Donald Trump

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Factsheet: Steve Bannon

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Factsheet: Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn

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Factsheet: Clare Lopez

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Factsheets: What You Need to Know About Islamophobia

In an era of fake news and contested claims, reliable information is hard to come by, especially about Islam, Muslims, and Islamophobia. Recognizing the need for dependable resources on these topics, the Bridge Initiative provides factsheets on a range of issues, individuals, and organizations that relate to our work on Islamophobia. We hope our growing [...]

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Americans Are Afraid of Islam. But They Also Buy Lots of Islamic Art.

For many Americans, Islam is a foreign — if not frightening — religion. A majority see Islam as incompatible with American values, and some have even confused algebraic equations with terrorist plots. Prejudice and discrimination targeting Muslims has increased in the last year, and across the U.S. in recent weeks, more and more Muslims have [...]

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As Islamophobia Surges, Anti-Muslim Speakers Exploit Fears

As the election season has set into motion a flurry of anti-Muslim rhetoric, and set off an alarming number of anti-Muslim attacks, another consequence has surfaced in recent months in local boroughs across the United States: small anti-Muslim speaker circuits that thrive off of public anxieties and prey on unwitting citizens. In the decade-and-a-half since [...]

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Denying Islamophobia is the New Islamophobia

In recent months, election-season rhetoric has triggered a spike in Islamophobia. Presidential candidates and swaths of the general public alike have directed animus at the American Muslim community, which is this year (as in years past) an electoral wedge issue. In addition to amplified rhetoric and threats or acts of violence, a more subtle yet [...]

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As Islamophobia Increases, So Does Use of the Word

Over the last year, we’ve witnessed a concerning rise in anti-Muslim incidents. At the same time, we’ve also seen increased use of a word to describe it: Islamophobia. Major media outlets and journalists have begun using the term to describe the climate of prejudice and discrimination facing American Muslims or those perceived to be, and [...]

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Trends in Islamophobia: Focus on UK

Last week, on April 11th, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom hosted a conversation, Europe at a Crossroad:  Civil Society Efforts to Counter Religious Hatred and Bigotry in Europe, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Akeela Ahmed, a member of the UK Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred, was among the European civil [...]

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Bridge Initiative Hosts Panel Discussion on Race, Religion, and the 2016 Election

Against the backdrop of an election season characterized by unbridled anti-Muslim rhetoric, and a broader political landscape littered by hostile expressions towards refugees and minorities, Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative hosted an afternoon panel discussion that brought together celebrated experts to examine the nexus between race, religion, and presidential politics. The event came just as the [...]

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Honey Maid Ad Embraces Diversity, Challenges Islamophobia

Honey Maid, the famous Graham cracker brand behind such delectable pleasures as “Morning Sticks” and “Teddy Grahams,” has thrown its cap in the ring of pluralism. In a new advertisement that is part of its “This is Wholesome” campaign, the company showcases a Muslim woman interacting with her new neighbors. “I didn’t know anything about […]

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VIDEO: Donald Trump — Wrong About Muslims

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Mr. Trump, the kids can hear you (and other ways Muslim children are experiencing Islamophobia)

The recent execution-style murders of two reported American Muslim men – including a teenager – of Sudanese descent in Indiana comes with suspicion about possible motives.  With the execution-style murders of three American Muslim youth near the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill barely one year behind us, many suspect foul play predicated on growing […]

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Obama on Islamophobia in the State of the Union: How did Americans react?

Question: What was the most popular moment on Facebook during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address? Answer: When President Obama talked about Islamophobia. In speaking about America’s leadership in the world, the president said: And that’s why we need to reject any politics — any politics — that targets people because of race or […]

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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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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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QUIZ: Same Fears, Same Smears: Islamophobia and Other Prejudices

Prejudice against American Jews, Catholics, and now Muslims has looked surprising similar through the decades. Take our “Same Fears, Same Smears” Quiz on Buzzfeed (linked below) to see how rhetoric about religious minorities has compared throughout American history. QUIZ: Same Fears, Same Smears: Islamophobia and Other Prejudices To learn more about the similarities between Islamophobia and other forms of prejudice, check […]

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Islamophobia: The Right Word for a Real Problem

The word “Islamophobia” is often contested and misunderstood. Here’s why we need to use it.

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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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