Stereotypes and Islam

Turning Attention Onto the Hater: How Social Psychology Can Help Explain Extreme Prejudice Towards Muslims

The debate around the Ground Zero Islamic Center has unleashed a flurry of fear-provoking rhetoric, initiated by a small, but concerted cottage industry of anti-Muslim activists. This base of Muslim bashers has recently joined forces with the GOP, largely at Newt Gingrich’s behest, to adopt an anti-Muslim platform to mobilize their base for the mid-term … Continue reading

Stereotypes and Islam

The Impact of Negative Media Images – The Case of Muslims/Arabs – A Review of Research in Neuroscience and Social Psychology

As Presented at the Muslim Mental Health Conference, Michigan State University, April 3rd, 2010 “It is easier… to smash an atom than a prejudice,” said Gordon Allport, author of the landmark study on prejudice and stereotypes, The Nature of Prejudice in 1954. 30 years prior, in 1922, the great American public intellectual and journalist Walter … Continue reading

Stereotypes and Islam

Interfaith Dialogue / Stereotypes of Islam and Muslims

Since 9/11, interfaith dialogue in America has experienced a series of major shifts, mainly away from shared study, prayer and clergy-to-clergy dialogue towards community service, social justice and direct service work, and most notably, non clergy lay people have increased their role as active participants in dialogue (Smock, 2002; Patel, 2007; Abu-Nimer, 2005 & 2007; … Continue reading