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Outsiders at Home
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Online publication date: May 2020
  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online ISBN: 9781108782814
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Discrimination against Muslim Americans has soared over the last two decades with hostility growing especially acute since 2016 - in no small part due to targeted attacks by policymakers and media. Outsiders at Home offers the first systematic, empirically driven examination of status of Muslim Americans in US democracy, evaluating the topic from a variety of perspectives. To what extent do Muslim Americans face discrimination by legislators, the media, and the general public? What trends do we see over time, and how have conditions shifted? What, if anything, can be done to reverse course? How do Muslim Americans view their position, and what are the psychic and sociopolitical tolls? Answering each of these questions, Nazita Lajevardi shows that the rampant, mostly negative discussion of Muslims in media and national discourse has yielded devastating political and social consequences.


‘Outsiders at Home is a deep and expansive investigation into the nature of US Islamophobia. At the heart of this book is a wide-ranging, rigorous analysis of an incredible variety of sources that help us to understand public attitudes toward Muslims. At the same time, Lajevardi's book, including her attention to the perceptions of Muslims related to discrimination and hostility, is a poignant reflection on the nature of belonging in the United States.'

Janelle Wong - University of Maryland

'An outstanding and comprehensive treatment of the discrimination and racialization of Muslim Americans today. Lajevardi illustrates with sophisticated empirical data and methodologies the ways in which Muslim Americans are discriminated against by society, elected officials and the media. She also demonstrates the consequences of this racialization and discrimination on Muslim Americans. It's a must read!'

Amaney A. Jamal - Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University

‘This urgent book constitutes a powerful, landmark study of the status of Muslims within the American political system. Innovative theory and remarkable empirical data underpin Lajevardi's exploration of widespread discrimination and exclusion in the United States.'

Dalia Mogahed - co-author of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think

'A must-read for anyone interested in the lives of Muslim Americans and the importance of belonging, inclusion and human rights.'

Source: Ms Magazine

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