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Muslims in America

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Edgar Peralta

on 7 February 2014

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Transcript of Muslims in America

-past experiences
-current lives
-future expectations
Muslims in America
What is the experience of Muslims in America?
Awareness and Activism
Media Scrutiny: Negative Views of Muslims...Why?
"The media plays a huge if not the largest role, in my opinion, in forming the perception of Muslims to the majority of the US population through movies, TV shows, news of coverage of what is going on in the Middle East, etc.."
-Meillana Khawaja
Cal State Fullerton

The Media In A Nutshell
The Facts
Residency in America
"There is still a better opportunity here. And the lifestyle and everything is comfortable"

"I want to stay to raise my own family and teach the values of my culture and religion."
Interview Process
-Limited Data
-Ask more probing questions to get more detailed data as well as sharing of personal experiences

-Spend more time establishing rapport
-Asking sensitive/controversial questions to strangers
-Social Desirability Effect

-Limited Experience with Interviewing Techniques
Otherwise very useful method of data collection

-Mistaken Identity
-Importance of educating the public
(difference in everyday people vs MSA president)
-Muslim community shares the blame
-Take more active/leadership roles
Kimberly, Yanely, Kendall, Jasmin, Mary, Edgar, Juliana
"The second, third, fourth generations, people who are born here, they know what's up" They should be taking on leadership roles which will help the public image of Muslims in general
"I think the Muslim community shares part of the blame. In general, the community formed a bubble that kept us separate from mainstream society". If as a community we had put ourselves out there and said "NO THIS IS WRONG" I think people would be more aware and conscious of Muslim stereotypes.
After 9-11
, the kids in my 4th grade class would say that I was a terrorist, calling me a bad person based on my religion, and saying that I didn't belong here."
After 9-11
, kids at school used to tell him things like: "Your people blew up the Twin Towers".
Is there a difference here?
Despite the negative experiences and society stimulating a culture of prejudice and discrimination, there was a desire among the interviewees to stay in America
-Future Research Questions:
-How might the experience of Muslim Americans differ along the lines of gender, class, generation?
-What specific coping strategies do Muslims facing prejudice and discrimination use?
-Look at the relationship between outward appearance (phenotype, dress) and instances of mistaken identity.

-Islam is growing at an annual rate of 230% making it the world fastest growing religion
-1/4 people in the world are a muslim
-By 2015 Muslims will make up half of the worlds population
-Misconception that Islam is an arabic religion
In the United States:
84% Christians (235 Million)
3.7 % Muslim (10-12Million)
2.1 Jewish (6 Million)
10% Others (10 Million)
Over 4,000 Mosque in N. America
Joshua Evans PH.D Islamic Law

Ice Breaker
What is the def. of a Muslim?
Can you name 3 famous Muslims?
Any interesting facts?
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