The Islamic community in post-9/11 America: Which Muslims are likely to report being called offensive names?

David Hodge, Tarek Zidan, Altaf Husain

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Abstract

American Muslims are frequently called offensive names. Yet, despite the pernicious effects of such derogatory language, a paucity of research has examined this phenomenon. This study set out to address this gap in the literature by determining which Muslims are most at risk to report being called disparaging names. Using a community sample of Muslims (N = 275), the logistic regression results revealed that Muslims who were younger, single, and spoke primarily English at home were comparatively more likely to report being called offensive names within the past 12 months. Conversely, both Asian and African American Muslims were less likely to report being called offensive names compared to European American Muslims. The article concludes by offering some tentative explanations for the findings and suggesting some implications for practice with, and on behalf, of Muslim clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-132
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
Volume36
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017

Keywords

  • Muslims
  • discrimination
  • name calling
  • religion
  • spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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