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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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After Chapel Hill Shootings, Attacks on Muslims Increased

February 10, 2016 is the first anniversary of the murders of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha, the young American Muslims who were shot and killed by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Their deaths were covered in national newspapers and on nightly news broadcasts. Hashtags and fundraising campaigns emerged to remember their lives. President Obama [...]

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A Tennessee Man Planned to Slaughter Muslims in New York. The Media Was Silent.

Islamberg is a rural village in Hancock, New York founded in the late 1980s by American Muslims. Robert Doggart, a Tennessee man and failed Congressional candidate, wanted to burn the town to the ground and kill its residents. Doggart, 63, was recorded on a wiretapped line discussing plans to travel to the small New York [...]

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SNL Plays Pictionary and (Doesn’t) Draw Muhammad

Last weekend's "Saturday Night Live" sketch, Picture Perfect, received a lot of attention for its (lack of) portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad.   In the segment, which features actress Reese Witherspoon alongside SNL's usual cast, contestants play pictionary by drawing a picture of a person, place, or thing in the hopes that their teammates could correctly guess what their [...]

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Cable TV Has an Islamophobia Problem

It’s likely not a surprise to anyone that Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity have made their fair share of prejudicial comments about Muslims. Dozens of liberal outlets have drawn attention to Fox’s problematic portrayals, gross generalizations, and blatant bias. But according to Vox’s Max Fisher, Fox News isn’t the only cable channel guilty [...]

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The Muslim “Cosby Show”

“Halal in the Family” doesn’t just to humanize Muslims. It draws attention to the prejudice and discrimination they face

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New Study Analyzes Media Coverage of Islam Over Time

New research on media portrayals of Islam finds that coverage is almost entirely negative

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Maligning Muslims is a Multi-Million Dollar Industry

You may have not noticed it, but in the years since 9/11 a recurring cast of characters has emerged in nearly every discussion about Islam. Funded primarily by a few foundations, these commentators push erroneous facts and generalized narratives about Muslims on cable news networks, in best-selling books, at well-attended rallies, and on their own […]

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