Deep Dives with ISPU

Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

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 read less
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Episodes

Muslims in the U.S. Prison System: Demographics and Litigation
Dec 19 2023
Muslims in the U.S. Prison System: Demographics and Litigation
In today’s episode of Deep Dives with ISPU,  Executive Director, Meira Neggaz, sits down with SpearIt, former ISPU Scholar and current professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh, to discuss a unique aspect of American Muslim life: Muslims in the U.S. prison system.Released in August of 2023, SpearIt’s new book, Muslim Prisoner Litigation: An Unsung American Tradition, explores how incarcerated Muslims have historically and currently used legal action to exercise their rights to religious freedom and improve the conditions of their incarceration. Meira and SpearIt discuss the intricacies of prisoner litigation, as well as the demographics of Muslims in prison, how Muslims in prison have contributed to culture and social progress, and much more. Note:  Early in this episode, the number '1 million' is used to reference the number of adult American Muslims in the United States. The correct statistic is there are an estimated 2.15 million Muslim adults in the United States. In ISPU's research, when referencing the number of Muslims in the United States, we reference a 2017 demographic portrait from Pew Research Center. This portrait cites that there are an estimated 3.45 million Muslims in the United States, including 2.15 million Muslim adults. The link to the Pew survey can be found in the show notes of this episode. The link to this Pew survey can be found here:  https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2017/07/26/demographic-portrait-of-muslim-americans/Resources related to this episode:Get SpearIt's book, Muslim Prisoner Litigation: An Unsung American TraditionUniversity of California PressAmazonLearn more about SpearIt: https://www.law.pitt.edu/people/SpearItPew Research Center: Demographic portrait of Muslim Americans (2017)
PART II: Native American and Indigenous Muslim Stories
Nov 21 2023
PART II: Native American and Indigenous Muslim Stories
Native Americans are often invisible in our public discussion of America, and even more so in any discussion of Muslims in the United States. There is an absence of awareness and lack of representation of Native American and Indigenous Muslims both in the broader US public and within the US Muslim community. Native American and Indigenous Muslim Stories: Reclaiming the Narrative project (NAIMS), the first comprehensive study of its kind, is centered around spreading awareness of the lived experiences of Native American and Indigenous Muslims in the United States.On this episode of Deep Dives with ISPU, ISPU Director of Communications, Katherine Coplen, sits down with NAIMS Principal Investigator, Brennan McDaniel, to discuss the findings of the two-part NAIMS report. Brennan and Katherine last spoke in February 2022 on Deep Dives with ISPU to give a preview of what this research could look like. A year and a half later, this episode is part two of that conversation, and we're thrilled to have them back to discuss the findings now that the report is complete.Brennan is a PhD student in the American Studies department at Yale University. He received an MA from Columbia University in 2019 and a BA from Vassar College in 2017. Brennan’s work is nested primarily between Islamic Studies and Native American/Indigenous Studies, and his research interests revolve around histories of ideas, emotions, and political economies among Muslim communities and tribal nations in North America.NAIMS: Visions and Voices is the first-ever photo narrative project to center the lived experiences of Native American and Indigenous Muslims in the United States. ISPU researchers conducted 17 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with Native American Muslims over a period of six months. Interviews explored identity, ways to navigate multiple marginalized communities, and insights into participants' struggles, hopes, and dreams.NAIMS: Trends and Treasures is a thematic report of the strengths and struggles of Native American and Indigenous Muslims. It draws on the narratives of participants in the Visions and Voices portion, as well as on a series of focus groups with Native American and Indigenous people of other faiths and no faith.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.
Banking while Muslim
Jun 22 2023
Banking while Muslim
In recent years, Muslim individuals, businesses, and nonprofits have reported facing potentially discriminatory practices at some of the nation’s largest banks. As part of our American Muslim Poll 2022, we published an analysis on the experiences of Banking While Muslim. In this episode of Deep Dives with ISPU, ISPU Executive Director Meira Neggaz interviews Banking While Muslim author Dr. Youssef Chouhoud and Chris Blauvelt, CEO and founder of LaunchGood, to discuss these experiences and findings.Youssef Chouhoud is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Christopher Newport University, where he is affiliated with the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. Prior to joining CNU, Dr. Chouhoud was a Provost’s Fellow at the University of Southern California, where he received his Ph.D. Youssef’s work has been published in the journal Politics and Religion, the Oxford Handbook of Polling and Survey Methods, and, most recently, the British Journal of Political Science.Chris Blauvelt is a passionate Muslim American entrepreneur committed to building up the global Muslim community to reach its full potential. Chris is the CEO & founder of LaunchGood.com, the world's largest faith-inspired crowdfunding platform and in 10 years LaunchGood has raised over $370 million across 153 countries from 1+ million donors. LaunchGood has captured global attention through its bridge-building crowdfunding campaigns that spurred Muslims to rebuild Black churches, repair desecrated Jewish cemeteries, and support families of the New Zealand mosque attacks. Resources related to this episode:Full analysis: Banking While MuslimAmerican Muslim Poll 2022LaunchGood