United Against Islamophobia
A 9% increase in the number of civil rights complaints from Muslims in the United States since 2020. Complaints range from discrimination to hate and bias incidents, to law enforcement and government overreach.
Public opinion polling indicates that many Americans agree that Muslims are more likely to face discrimination than other religious groups. In fact, the Pew Research Center reported 78% of surveyed adults believe Muslims in America face discrimination.
You are invited to explore the resources below and share widely with your peers as we worked to Unite Against Islamophobia.
Resources Against Islamophobia
You can use social media to help change the narrative on Islamophobia. You have influence in your community and among your friends and family and now you are part of a network that is working to build more inclusive communities to end Islamophobia. Can you share your knowledge to engage your friends and build this movement?
The unit focuses on six essential questions to guide student learning on anti-Muslim racism. The emphasis of these materials is on developing critical thinking skills, critical media literacies, and social activism are important for all students to learn.
Islamophobia is a fear, hatred, or prejudice toward Islam and Muslims that results in a pattern of discrimination and oppression. Islamophobia creates a distorted understanding of Islam and Muslims by transforming the global and historical faith tradition of Islam, along with the rich history of cultural and ethnic diversity of its adherents, into a set of stereotyped characteristics most often reducible to themes of violence, civilizational subversion, and fundamental otherness.
Islamophobia is a form of racism that has grown worse over time, especially after Islamist terrorist attacks. Many of those who fear the religion or harm Muslims because of their beliefs don’t understand or try to understand Islam. In order for students to grow up and understand this concept, teachers should provide students with resources that encourage them to learn about Islam and accept Muslims, and others of different religious backgrounds, in society.
Structural Islamophobia is reflected in institutionalized anti-Muslim legislation and further perpetuated through dialectical Islamophobia via policing, bias in media representation and in the legal system, and the use of anti-Muslim rhetoric and statements by political candidates and elected or appointed officials. On a community level, the emergence of anti-Muslim hate groups, anti-Muslim rallies, organized and anti-mosque activity, including opposition to mosque construction or expansion, vandalism, and opposition to refugee resettlement, demonstrate Islamophobia.
This lesson helps students explore, confront and deconstruct stereotypes targeted at Muslims. Students will learn about the impact of Islamophobia and create an anti-Islamophobia campaign to display in school.
A Muslim educator and curriculum developer questions whether religious literacy is an effective antidote to combat bigotries rooted in American history.
Use these resources to take action and challenge discrimination against our Muslim friends and neighbors.