Islamophobia Studies Center

Reports

The Islamophobia Studies Center focuses on a systematic and empirical approach to the study of Islamophobia and its impact on the American Muslim and Global communities. The Center leads research and projects that explore the maintenance and extension of existing power paradigms by bringing together academics, thinkers, practitioners, and researchers from around the globe who engage, question, and challenge the existing disparities in economic, political, social, and cultural relations. The complied reports below are a product of this mission.

Islamophobia, Muslim Safety, and Violence Survey

Fall 2021

The Islamophobia, Muslim Safety and Violence survey was designed on June 9 and administered from June 10 through midnight on June 13, 2021.  Survey data was collected from 1614 individuals in North America (the US and Canada), representing a sizable sample from Muslim communities.  Over the three days, the survey was shared online on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.  Also, the survey was sent to all national Muslim organizations, Shura councils, and numerous WhatsApp groups connected to diverse communities.  Lastly, the Islamophobia Studies Center’s email list was utilized to share the survey, urge everyone to share, and get as many people as possible to respond within the limited time frame.

Israel, India and the Islamophobic Alliance

Spring 2021

The Islamophobia Studies Center’s Israel, India, and the Islamophobic Alliance report comes on the heel of two other publications that examined the rise of Hindu nationalism in India and the ongoing targeting of Muslim, Sikh, Dalit, and Christian minorities in the country.  The Center’s research on Islamophobia covers a wide array of regions and topics, which is the logical approach considering the global nature of the islamophobia phenomena and the distinct features across different geographies, cultures, and nation-states.  Here, Daniel Pipes’ islamophobia hornet’s nest, the Middle East Forum, is directly connected to a distinctive development, a partnership between Hindu nationalism and Israel.  Importantly, U.S.-based Hindu nationalist organizations and their lobbying arms have struck a strategic relationship with Islamophobic outfits and Zionist groups, which is increasingly visible in their public discourse. This report is intended to partly examine the recent developments and sheds some light on this relationship. 

Understanding Christian Zionism

Fall 2020

The report on Christian Zionism is essential and timely research to unpack one key driver, among others, that contribute a distinctive form of Islamophobia that is connected to theology and religious discourses centering on Palestine. Moreover, the current strong relationship between several evangelical groups and Zionist organizations has made it possible to unleash political pressure in the US that shields Israel from accountability for its continued violations of international law. The report is intended to generate the needed conversations on how Christian evangelical groups and others play a role in preventing the actualization of peace, justice, and dignity for the Palestinians. Not to imply that this is an exclusively Christian problem; on the contrary, the Center’s future research intends to focus on the emergence of Muslim or Islamic Zionism, which articulates relations with Israel based on a distorted religious discourse that rationalizes normalizations of relations at the expense of Palestinian rights. Lastly, the report’s discussion on Christian Zionism should not distract the reader from the positive work, advocacy, and engagement with Palestinians by many churches and religious institutions in the US.

COVID-19 and India's Islamophobia

SPRING 2020

The report on Christian Zionism is essential and timely research to unpack one key driver, among others, that contribute a distinctive form of Islamophobia that is connected to theology and religious discourses centering on Palestine. Moreover, the current strong relationship between several evangelical groups and Zionist organizations has made it possible to unleash political pressure in the US that shields Israel from accountability for its continued violations of international law. The report is intended to generate the needed conversations on how Christian evangelical groups and others play a role in preventing the actualization of peace, justice, and dignity for the Palestinians. Not to imply that this is an exclusively Christian problem; on the contrary, the Center’s future research intends to focus on the emergence of Muslim or Islamic Zionism, which articulates relations with Israel based on a distorted religious discourse that rationalizes normalizations of relations at the expense of Palestinian rights. Lastly, the report’s discussion on Christian Zionism should not distract the reader from the positive work, advocacy, and engagement with Palestinians by many churches and religious institutions in the US.

Challenging Islamophobia in Public Schools

Fall 2019

Education and particularly access to education is the most crucial ingredient for the success of contemporary society and more so in an advanced and highly industrialized one like the United States. Access to education in the United States was never equal, and a privilege guaranteed to some at the expense of everyone in society. Education is multifaceted and can provide a window into societal values and future horizons. The purpose of education, structure, curriculum design, teaching and administrative staff, resource allocation, reading materials, and diversity of the teachers and student population all contribute to shaping inclusion and belonging in the society.

Islamophobia in India

Spring 2019

Discussions in research and publications on India, on the one hand, have focused on the rapid economic growth, emerging and vibrant technology sector, and the increasing level of affluence present in pockets across the country. On the other hand, an emerging group of scholars has examined the negative impacts of such economic success with a focus on the intensification of poverty, rural to urban migration, and the collapse of existing family and cultural norms. In both of these areas of research, very little is known about the rising tide of religious ultra-nationalism that utilizes violence and structural othering as a tool of gaining and expanding power.