Deep Dives with ISPU expands on the latest research about American Muslim communities through accessible conversations with experts, scholars, and other prolific community leaders about topics ranging from the current state of American mosques, to what makes humor "Muslim". By tuning into our audio deep dives, you'll stay up to date and informed about the most pressing issues facing American Muslim communities today. Learn more about our work: ispu.org
The unprecedented rise in American Muslim civic participation
The years following the 2016 US presidential elections witnessed an unprecedented increase in Muslim American political candidacies. In her research, Masooma Haider, our 2021 Young Scholar Awards second-place winner, examines the rise in Muslim American civic participation and the possibility of a crucial shift in political identities between first and second generation Muslim Americans. In this episode of Deep Dives with ISPU, Haider delves into the findings of her research project: “The New Muslim Representatives: Analyzing the Unprecedented Rise in Muslim American Civic Participation after 2016” with ISPU Outreach and Partnerships Manager, Petra Alsoofy.
ISPU resources on American Muslim civic engagement and participation:
ISPU American Muslim PollElections Toolkit: Resources for Political Engagement OrganizersReport: American Muslim Civic Engagement in the 2016 Election and BeyondInfographicsBuilding Political CoalitionsUnderstanding the American Muslim VoterYou can learn more about Masooma Haider's work at ispu.org/young-scholar-awards. For more content like this, follow ISPU on Twitter and Facebook @theISPU, on Instagram @the_ISPU, and visit our website to access a vast repository of research. Subscribe to Deep Dives with ISPU wherever podcasts are found, and leave us a 5-star review to ensure we can produce more conversations like this one.
Measuring the health impacts of anti-Muslim discrimination
Individual experiences of anti-Muslim discrimination in the United States lead to significant impacts on health and well-being. Dr. Naheed Ahmed, our 2021 Young Scholar Awards third-place winner, developed scales to better understand and measure the health impacts of perceived anti-Muslim discrimination in the United States. In this episode of Deep Dives with ISPU, Dr. Ahmed delves into the findings of her research project: “Measurement of Perceived Interpersonal and Societal Anti-Muslim Discrimination in the United States” with ISPU Director of Communications Katherine Coplen. This vital conversation will provide understanding on why it is important to measure Islamophobia and the implications of associated negative health impacts across diverse American Muslim communities.
ISPU resources on anti-Muslim discrimination:
ISPU American Muslim PollCountering and Dismantling Islamophobia Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide for Individuals and OrganizationsMental Health Toolkit: Resources for Muslim Mental Healthcare AdvocatesResearch mentioned in this episode:
Suicide Attempts of Muslims Compared With Other Religious Groups in the US (JAMA Psychiatry)You can learn more about Dr. Ahmed's work at ispu.org/young-scholar-awards. For more content like this, follow ISPU on Twitter and Facebook @theISPU, on Instagram @the_ISPU, and visit our website to access a vast repository of research. Subscribe to Deep Dives with ISPU wherever podcasts are found, and leave us a 5-star review to ensure we can produce more conversations like this one.
The importance of research in Hollywood storytelling
When it comes to inclusive storytelling, writers, directors, and film industry executives are well-served by using research to guide the authentic crafting of diverse characters and worlds—including Muslim characters and storylines. Today on Deep Dives with ISPU, we’re presenting a conversation between filmmaker Lena Khan (The Tiger Hunter, Flora & Ulysses) and actor Rizwan Manji (Schitt’s Creek, The Tiger Hunter, Outsourced). During our 2021 annual banquet, the pair, who worked together on Lena’s 2018 film The Tiger Hunter, discussed Lena’s experiences as a storyteller in Hollywood, the difficulty of separating “Muslim” and “filmmaker” as an identity, and why Hollywood would greatly benefit from using research about American Muslims when making decisions about the characters and stories in film and television today.
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Please note: this episode’s audio was taken from a large, recorded Zoom meeting. Therefore, the quality may not be as strong as our other episodes, which are recorded with the primary intention of being produced into a podcast format. Thank you for understanding!
What makes humor Muslim?
Stand-up comedy is a performance art often associated with personal expressions of culture and identity. When examining the content of comedians like Aziz Ansari, Kumail Nanjiani, and Hasan Minhaj, Dr. Samah Choudhury argues that these men step into their Muslim identities through the language and (hostile implications) of racialization. In this episode of Deep Dives with ISPU, Dr. Samah Choudhury and ISPU Director of Research Dalia Mogahed discuss Dr. Choudhury’s research: “What make humor Muslim?” for which she was awarded first place in ISPU’s 2021 Young Scholar Awards competition.
You can learn more about Dr. Choudhury’s work at samahchoudhury.com. For more content like this, follow ISPU on Twitter and Facebook @theISPU, on Instagram @the_ISPU, and visit our website to access a vast repository of research. Subscribe to Deep Dives with ISPU wherever podcasts are found, and leave us a 5-star review to ensure we can release more conversations like this one.
The current state of American mosques
When the US Mosque Survey was launched more than 20 years ago, mosques and Muslims in America were heavily discussed in the public square—but there were few sources of data to draw from. In the ensuing two decades, these surveys have filled a critical gap, answering questions like: how many mosques are there in the United States compared to previous decades, and where are they? Why has there been a substantive decrease in the number of African American mosques and attendees? What is the role of women in mosque attendance and leadership? These, and more, are topics and key findings from the US Mosque Survey 2020, a two-part survey written by Dr. Ihsan Bagby and published in collaboration with ISPU, the Center on Muslim Philanthropy, and the Islamic Society of North America. In this episode of Deep Dives with ISPU, ISPU Director of Research Dalia Mogahed and Dr. Bagby discuss the state of American mosques in 2020.
Released in the summer of 2021, the US Mosque Survey 2020 was covered in outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Religion News Service, Al Jazeera, and more. Read and learn more about this important survey at: ispu.org/mosque-survey.
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TRAILER: Deep Dives with ISPU
Welcome to Deep Dives with ISPU—a podcast by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization that provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making.
This podcast will provide deep dives into the most recent and pressing research about the topics and issues affecting American Muslim communities today. We interview scholars and community leaders on topics ranging from the current state of American mosques, to what makes humor "Muslim," and much more. Subscribe today, and you'll be notified of our first batch of episodes when we launch early next month, December 2021.
Learn more about our work: ispu.org