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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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Muslim Stereotypes Used in Teacher Training to ID Terrorists

Over the last year, the United Kingdom’s terrorism prevention program, Prevent, has received much attention from journalists, politicians, and civil rights advocates on both sides of Atlantic who have raised concerns about its impact on Muslims’ civil rights. Many across the pond also worry about the program’s impact in the United States. So when we [...]

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American Muslims Challenge #AboutUsWithoutUs by Running for Office

An important hashtag has been circulating on Twitter for the past few weeks. #AboutUsWithoutUs. #AboutUsWithoutUs seeks to reorient national conversations about Muslim Americans to one that includes Muslim American voices in policy discussions. This is a critical distinction because Muslim Americans have largely been silent stakeholders to issues that disproportionately affect their communities – issues [...]

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New Poll on American Muslims Sheds Light on Politics, Patriotism, and Prejudice in 2016

On Tuesday, the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding (ISPU) released a new survey of American Muslims. It comes at a critically important time for this religious community, which has found itself — again — at the epicenter of an election-season vortex with prejudiced views about Islam abounding. “In this election cycle, specifically, Muslims have been […]

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Trump Says “Islam” Hates America. Here’s Why That’s Not True.

In an interview with Donald Trump that aired on Wednesday on CNN, Anderson Cooper asked the Republican presidential frontrunner if he thought “Islam is at war with the West.” “I think Islam hates us,” Trump said, “There’s tremendous hatred there… We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of […]

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Is the Hijab “Passive Terrorism?”

Recently, a report exposed a U.S. government white paper that links the hijab to the spread of violent extremism.  As first revealed by The Intercept, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory published pseudo-analysis from Tawfik Hamid asserting that “… the proliferation of militant Salafism and the hijab contribute to the idea of passive terrorism, which occurs […]

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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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FBI’s “Don’t Be a Puppet” Website Stigmatizes Muslims as Extremists

Earlier this year, we wrote about controversial efforts being made in the UK to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism,” even primary school students. In May, school children in districts with higher-than-average Muslim populations were asked to complete a survey that asked them to respond to statements like this: “If a student was making […]

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In UK, False Stories About Muslims Fuel Hate Crimes & Prejudice

In the past week, three pieces about Islamophobia in the UK caught our attention. They underscore the depth of anti-Muslim prejudice in British society, and point to some of the reasons behind it. On Tuesday, The Guardian reported that a study conducted by the charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) revealed that more than one-third of schoolchildren in the UK believe […]

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Muslims Use Creative Campaigns to Denounce ISIS

One of the narratives that often contributes to Islamophobia is this one: Muslims don’t speak out against terrorism and violence committed in the name of Islam. As we and others have written, Muslims actually do speak out, in incredibly large numbers. The Bridge Initiative’s forthcoming interactive map, which is the largest catalogue of Muslims’ condemnations of [...]

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Allen West Goes to Wal-Mart and Finds Sharia in the Check-Out Aisle

On Monday, former Congressman Allen West took to his website to write about an experience he and his daughter had at a Wal-Mart in Texas. In a post originally titled "Sharia Law Comes to WalMart," the retired lieutenant colonel claimed that while standing in line to check out, an attendant put up a sign that [...]

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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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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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Problematic or Patriotic? Two Ways to Talk about Muslims

Peter King’s Congressional Hearings on the “Radicalization” of Muslims highlight two ways Americans talk about them: as “problems” or as “patriots”

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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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Why We Should Ditch The Phrase “Moderate Muslims”

“Moderate Muslims” is a descriptor we’re all familiar with. Media commentators, politicians, and even Muslim leaders use it to describe the Muslims we don’t hear about every day in the news: the non-terrorist, non-suicide bombing ordinary Muslims throughout the world. In a June 25, 2014 piece in the New Republic, our own Nathan Lean takes [...]

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ISIS “Dummies” Bought Islam 101 Book Before Joining the “Jihad”

So ISIS is Islamic, huh? That seems to be a raging topic of debate as the group continues to make headlines. In a featured piece for The Atlantic in March of 2015, journalist Graeme Wood argued that ISIS isn’t a ragtag cadre of psychopaths, but rather a religious group with carefully considered beliefs. Plenty of [...]

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Blurred Lines: The Dangers of Confusing Race & Religion After 9/11

Simran Jeet Singh is not Muslim; he’s Sikh. But he’s all too familiar with Islamophobia. During his post-9/11 childhood, other kids nicknamed him “Saddam” and “sand n*gger.” His experience, and those of other Sikhs and Arabs who are not Muslim but who were the target of anti-Muslim attacks, is a reminder that Islamophobia has huge […]

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Anti-Muslim Prejudice in America is Nothing New

It’s true 一 Islamophobia got worse after 9/11. Hate crimes spiked and today are five times higher than they were before the attacks of 2001. Stereotypical portrayals of Muslims are the norm in mainstream media, and prominent voices on the right and left scapegoat Islam. But prejudice towards Muslims isn’t a new phenomenon; Muslims have [...]

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